Library/Administration Building Closure

Building Relocation Information (Please scroll for FAQs)

Beginning Monday, October 21, 2019 offices and services located in the Library/Administration building will be relocated as indicated below. Faculty, staff, and students that work in the Library/Administration Building should report, according to their usual work schedule, to the new locations set forth below:

Academic Affairs Office (Provost’s Office) – to Masters Hall, Room 202

Academic Learning Center – to classroom space underneath the tunnel

Library Reference and Circulation Desk – to Center for Computing & Math (CCM), lobby

Library Staff – to Center for Computing & Math (CCM)

President’s Office – to Advancement offices, Camp Building, third floor

Student Accessibility and Advocacy Office – to Student Center Conference Room

Student Study Space – to Roessner Hall, Science Center and Student Center

Writing Center – to Student Center Classroom 1 (accessed by Jake’s Place)

 

FAQ

The library reference and circulation desk has been relocated to the lobby of the Center for Computing and Mathematics (CCM). Visit the library staff on the first and second floors of the CCM or call the circulation desk: x7517 or 610-921-7517, or the reference Desk: x7211 or 610-921-7211.

Shuttle Service is available from Albright to the libraries at RACC and Alvernia University (one of our ACLCP partners). Sundays, the shuttle runs continuously (roughly every 15-20 minutes) 1:30-4:30; the van will leave from the front of campus security. Monday through Thursday, the van will leave Albright at 6 p.m. from in the same location and run continuously (roughly every 15-20 minutes) until 9 p.m.

Interlibrary Loan and reference services are available, but may run a bit slower than usual. Library staff, in consultation with faculty, will evaluate which materials are frequently used and which materials are not. Frequently used materials, including reserve materials, will be moved to the CCM. Unused books and rarely used books will remain in the library building at this time.

Although much of the library material is electronic, faculty members who are planning assignments should contact Sandy Stump, or their liaison librarian, to be sure students will be able to access circulation materials in a timely manner.

We will do everything we can to be as normal as possible during these completely abnormal times. Please just provide sufficient notice for all of us to make this possible.

The following classes have been moved from Classroom 1 to make way for the Writing Center:

Classes with Carla Abodalo:

SOC 311 MWF 11-11:50 moved to Selwyn 208
SOC 307 TTH 1-2:20 moved to Selwyn 208

Classes with Kennon Rice:

FYS 100 MWF 2-2:50 moved to Teel 214
SOC 210 TTH 11-12:20 moved to Alumni 103
SOC 262 TTH 2:30 – 3:50 moved to Teel 214

  • Visit the library staff in the Center for Computing & Math (CCM)
  • Call Circulation, x7517 or 610-921-7517
  • Call the Reference Desk, x7211 or 610-921-7211
  • Visit our homepage

Effective Monday, Nov. 11, the following rooms in Roessner Hall will offer study space Monday through Sunday, unless otherwise noted. Study hour signage be posted outside each Roessner classroom door and public safety will conduct regular patrols.

During open study times, these spaces must be shared. Students should not lock doors or prevent others from using classroom spaces.

Roessner study hours will mirror the library’s late hours — 4 p.m. until 12 a.m. (Midnight), Monday through Sunday, with extended hours until 4 a.m. after Thanksgiving in the following locations:

Roessner 101
Roessner 104
Roessner 105
Roessner 201
Roessner 204
Roessner 221

Roessner 103 and 202 (computer labs) – will be open 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. every day except Wednesday, when they will open at 10 p.m.

Need computer space AND library staff help? The CCM 100D (computer lab) will be open 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m. Friday, and 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday.

Group and individual study spaces are also available in the locations listed below. These spaces will be open until midnight, Sunday through Thursday, and until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. They will be staffed by student workers and patrolled by Public Safety.

  • Science Center – rooms 155, 251, 255, 351
  • Student Center
  • Center for Computing & Math (CCM) – 2 computer labs available

MPK Chapel is a large, quiet space that is underutilized during the day. Please also remember that study spaces are available in most of the residence halls:

  • Albright Court: Main lobby, 2nd floor lounge, 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor kitchens, basement lounge, basement conference room, basement study room, art room
  • Crowell Hall: Main lounge, study space in main lounge
  • Krause Hall: Main lounge
  • North Hall: Main first floor lounge, 1st floor classroom A and classroom B, A202, 2nd and 3rd floor lounges: B208, C208, D208, E208, F208, B308, C308, D308, E308, F308
  • Smith Hall: Main lounge, study lounge
  • Walton Hall: Main lounge

Students, if you are unsure about the location of the study space in your residence hall, please reach out to your RA with any questions.

Sunday: noon – midnight
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – midnight
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The two printers from the main library floor have been moved to the Student Center. Please be aware PawPrint release print services are available at the following locations:

  • Student Center Main Lounge
  • Memorial Chapel: Haskell Lounge
  • CCM Labs
  • Teel 216
  • Science Center Student Room 3rd Floor
  • Roessner Hall, 1st and 2nd floors
  • Masters Hall English Common Room

Please use your ID Card to access these printers to release documents you send to PawPrint. You may continue to upload your printing to PawPrint using the mobile upload site (https://pawprint.albright.edu/m/) or printing to PawPrint from campus workstations.

If you notice an issue with these printers, please notify the attendant at the Student Center front desk so they can contact Fraser for support.

Library materials may be returned to the drop box located outside by the front door of the CCM.

 

Communications to our Community

Dear Albright Colleagues,I write to share an update on how we are moving forward with the library project, given the newest information on the façade. I know how frustrating this entire project and the immediate building issues have been. Cabinet members and I are very much aware of the impact that a closed library has on campus. Towards that end, I write to share more details about moving forward. This email contains information on some of the relevant history, our current decision point, and the vision team as a process for getting to the first decision.

First to share a little history… When I arrived, less than $5M had been raised towards a $30M building design. This fundraising had been ongoing for 10 years. Clearly, we needed a different approach. As you know, we chose a phased approach to accomplish construction so that we could begin some of the work. A task force was convened and they rethought building design, mostly within the current footprint, bid out the project, and interviewed and selected a construction firm. The architect, project manager and construction firm began creating detailed drawings and costing. About four weeks ago, we received the 50 percent construction costs, and the cost of just phase 1 (of four envisioned phases) had almost doubled from the original estimate. Prior to receiving the new inspection information, we had been working to determine a path forward, given those new costs.

Our current decision point – As part of the initial redesign work, a structural engineering study was done in spring 2018 (the result of which was the erection of the scaffold). Since then, we have been doing regular inspections of the façade. In the most recent inspection, new façade deterioration was identified, which resulted in the recent actions. Given this new information AND these significant increased cost estimates, it is essential to take a step back — to decide what must be and should not be in the building and consider whether a new building or construction on the current framework is the best way forward.

The vision team as a process to getting to the first decision point – what must be in the library? To answer this question, I have convened a vision team, which I am directly leading. The goal of this team will be to re-think the library. We must think about what we need to have in the building and ask if we can do the construction for what we need with less cost. The timing for this first decision is fast. We had submitted this project as a proposal for Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding from the state of Pennsylvania. This is a multi-step process — come January, if we are invited, we will have about two weeks to submit a full proposal, which proposal will be part of our re-thinking of the building. We will complete this vision work and have a decision by the end of the fall semester, so that the RACP proposal can move forward (if invited) and so that we can begin work quickly on developing a library for the Albright campus.

We are all frustrated by this process and the most recent actions to close the building. A college should have a library — and that is the end that we are working towards. I appreciate everyone who worked so hard to make the move work, and everyone who is working in space that is less than ideal. This kind of event shows what a community really is — and it is readily clear that the Albright community is a strong and supportive community, even when frustrations are high.

As always, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Best,

Jacquelyn S. Fetrow ’82, Ph.D.
President and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Albright College
Twitter: @JacqueFetrow
Instagram: AlbrightPrezFetrow

Dear Albright students,Though the Library/Administration Building has been closed, we wanted to make sure you are aware that library services are up and running in the Center for Computing and Math (CCM) building. Library staff is available and ready to work with you to access the materials and resources that you need. You are welcome to stop in, call the circulation desk (610-921-7517), call the reference desk (610-921-7211) or visit the library homepage.

Additionally, because Albright College is a member of the Associated College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania, Albright students with a valid ID may access print collections at participating ACLCP partners.

In partnership with Reading Area Community College and Alvernia University (one of Albright’s ACLCP partners), Albright will offer a shuttle service to and from RACC and Alvernia beginning Sunday, October 27. The shuttle will leave from the front of the Public Safety office on the following schedule:

Sunday (Oct. 27 & Nov. 3) – 1:30-4:30 p.m.; shuttle will run continuously (every 15-20 mins.)
Monday-Thursday (Oct. 28-31) – 6-9 p.m.; shuttle will run continuously (every 15-20 mins.)

This service will be run through Sunday, Nov. 3, and will then be reevaluated based upon use.

Do you have questions about the closure of the Library/Administration Building and the relocation of offices and services? “Ask the Admin” will be held on Friday, November 1, at 1 p.m. in the Student Center. Representatives from Student & Campus Life, Student Government and others will be available to answer your questions. Please stop by!

As you travel campus today, please be aware that permanent fencing to replace the barricades and caution tape around the Library/Administration Building is being erected this morning.

Thank you for your patience this week. We know it has been challenging and appreciate your understanding as plans continue to progress. Please remember that you may always visit the Albright website for the most up to date information on relocations, access to library materials and resources, study spaces, printing and more.

Thank you,
Jennifer Stoudt
Vice President for Communications
jstoudt@albright.edu
610-921-7511

Good morning, Albright faculty and staff –There’s an African Proverb that says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” This week has been a challenge for many, and at the same time, the community spirit that has bubbled up shows that together, Albright College can and will go far.

Every crisis presents an opportunity – and current issues with the library structural façade present Albright College with the opportunity to pause for a moment and rethink the vision for the library.

So that we as a community may take a moment to pause and rethink, a vision task force is being created. The goal of this task force is not to design a building. The goal will be to think about and envision the requirements of a new library/academic building, one that would include academic and research spaces, display our collections and encourage students and faculty to engage with our collections, and provide the services of a 21st century library along with space for student study, library staff and Masters Hall faculty. This is a Blue Sky exercise – one that will allow Albright College to determine a best path forward.

Some members have already been asked and have agreed to serve on this task force. Representing key collections in the library as well as faculty from Masters Hall will be Sidney Dreese, Amanda Hornberger, Brenda Ingram-Wallace and Guillaume de Syon.

It is projected that the first phase of visioning a new library will take one to two months. If you are interested in the opportunity to be a part of this vision task force, you are encouraged to submit this form. Though not all those who volunteer will be able to serve on the task force, we want to ensure that the team is fully representative and comprised of members with interest and knowledge in various areas.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to rethink the vision for our library.

Additionally, please be aware that permanent fencing to replace the barricades and caution tape around the Library/Administration Building will be erected this morning.

Please continue to send your questions and concerns to news@albright.edu and refer to the Albright website for the most up to date information.

Thank you,
Jennifer Stoudt
Vice President for Communications
jstoudt@albright.edu
610-921-7511

Dear Albright community –Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through the details and answer questions about the Library/Administration Building and relocated offices and services. Your understanding through this process is appreciated.

As communicated on Saturday, the decision to close the Library/Administration Building came following an additional inspection of the building and new data on the condition of the façade. With the potential for falling debris, especially during this coming season’s freeze and thaw, the decision to close was made with an abundance of caution and best aligns with our core values, putting community safety as our highest priority.

Some of you may recall that in spring 2018, as part of the phased approach to the renovation of Gingrich Library, a structural engineering and architectural firm surveyed the library’s façade and building structural framing system and determined the façade (exterior) was compromised and needed to be replaced. This is when the scaffolding around the building went up. At this same time, the firm’s evaluation of the building’s structural framing system, which is comprised of roof, floors and foundations, found all to be in good structural condition.

Although updated inspection last week confirmed all of the previous findings, it also brought to light new façade deterioration, resulting in the building’s closure.

Please continue to be mindful of the temporary caution tape and barricades around this area, and do not attempt to cross them. They have been placed there to ensure the safety of our community members.

We will continue to keep you informed and provide answers to your questions as plans progress. Please visit the Albright website for answers to questions such as office relocations, accessing books and computers, group and individual study spaces, printing, returning library materials, and Classroom 1 relocations. And so that we may address your questions in a timely manner and add them to our FAQ page, we invite you to send questions to news@albright.edu.

Thank you,
Jennifer Stoudt
Vice President for Communications
jstoudt@albright.edu
610-921-7511

Dear Albright community,As mentioned in an email earlier today, we will continue to keep you informed and provide answers to your questions as plans progress throughout the week. A FAQ page on the Albright website has been created and we will continue to add to it as additional questions come forward and information becomes available. Currently on this page you will find information about accessing books and computers, group and individual study spaces, printing, returning library materials, and Classroom 1 relocations. Please refer to this page for the most up to date information.

As you travel on campus and around the blocked off area surrounding the Library/Administration Building, please be mindful of the caution tape and do not attempt to cross it. It has been placed there to ensure the safety of our community members, which is our highest priority.

Since the communication on Saturday, some of the information regarding relocated offices has changed. Please see below for current relocation information:

  • Academic Affairs Office (Provost’s Office) – to Masters Hall, room 202
  • Academic Learning Center – to classroom space underneath the tunnel
  • Library Reference & Circulation Desk – to Center for Computing & Math (CCM) lobby
  • Library Staff – to Center for Computing & Math (CCM)
  • President’s Office – to Advancement offices, Camp Building, third floor
  • Student Accessibility and Advocacy Office – to Student Center Conference Room
  • Student Study Space – to Roessner Hall, Science Center and Student Center (and also available in residence halls)
  • Writing Center – to Student Center Classroom 1 (accessed by Jake’s Place)

We know that questions regarding the closure of the Library/Administration Building will continue to arise. So that we may address these questions in a timely manner and add them to our FAQ page, please feel free to send your questions to news@albright.edu.

 

Thank you,
Jennifer Stoudt
Vice President for Communications
jstoudt@albright.edu
610-921-7511

Dear Albright community –

You have received information this semester about the phased approach for the Gingrich Library Renovation Project and related construction activities. This week, following additional inspection of the building, new data on the condition of the façade emerged. With the potential for falling debris, especially during this coming season’s freeze and thaw, and following discussion with Cabinet and the Board of Trustees, the Library/Administration Building will be closed effective immediately.

With an abundance of caution, this decision has been made for the safety and security of our campus community. To further protect our community, walkways around the Library/Administration Building will also be closed. Please be mindful of the temporary caution tape and barricades around this area until more permanent fencing is in place.

We know this provides many inconveniences for staff and faculty who work within this building and for the students who use the services in the building. We are working hard this weekend to ensure that all offices are moved to appropriate, temporary spaces, so that services may continue with as little disruption as possible beginning Monday morning.

Because of the immediacy of this action due to safety concerns, some plans such as staff access to office belongings and student/faculty access to library books and materials are still in the works and will be communicated as soon as possible.

Beginning Monday, October 21, offices and services will be relocated as indicated below. Faculty, staff, and students that work in the Library/Administration Building should report, according to their usual work schedule, to the new locations set forth below:

    • Academic Affairs Office (Provost’s Office) – to Student Services, Selwyn Hall
    • Academic Learning Center – to classroom space underneath the tunnel
    • Library Reference Desk – to Center for Computing & Math (CCM), room 100b
    • Library Staff – to Center for Computing & Math (CCM) and Camp Building, third floor
    • President’s Office – to Advancement offices, Camp Building, third floor
    • Student Accessibility and Advocacy Office – to Student Center Conference Room
    • Student Study Space – to Roessner Hall and other areas to be identified
    • Writing Center – to Student Center Classroom 1 (accessed by Jake’s Place)
    • Classes scheduled for Student Center Classroom 1 – please check for email from your instructor

Because safety is our absolute first concern, some plans are still being developed, including accessibility of temporary spaces. We will be communicating with you regularly to ensure that you have the most up to date information as we move forward. And you may also visit the Albright website for updates as well. If you have specific questions about accessibility, please contact Sherry Young at syoung@albright.edu.

For questions regarding this closure, please contact Karen Campbell, provost and vice president for academic affairs, kcampbell@albright.edu; Greg Fulmer, vice president for administrative and financial services, gfulmer@albright.edu; or Sam Wesner, vice president of student and campus life and chief health officer, swesner@albright.edu.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Stoudt
Vice President for Communications