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Renovations underway in and around Alexander Library

It will be a bit more complicated to find your way into and around the Alexander Library for the next few weeks.

The library will implement two significant renovation projects starting July 6th.

The floor tiles in the lobby of the library, now visibly worn away or uneven in a number of places, will be completely replaced. To facilitate this renovation the lobby will be closed off. Upon entering the vestibule of the library, users will be directed to enter the building through the emergency doors on the right and will arrive in the area near the circulation desk. Users will need to take the stairs or elevators to access other areas of the building.

To use the reference desk or the reference reading room on the first floor users will need to take the stairs or elevators and then walk across the lower level or one of the upper floors, then take the stairs or elevator to the first floor. Because of construction in the Alexander Library lobby, the Founding Families: Supermarkets in New Jersey exhibition in Gallery '50 will be closed from Friday, July 6 through Tuesday, July 31. A Portable Constant Obsession: The Book Art of Karen Guancione exhibition in the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery will remain open during this period. We anticipate that this work will be finished by the end of July.

Outside the library a streetscaping project will be undertaken to beautify the paths around the front of the library. New sidewalk pavers will be added, new trees will be planted, and the concrete walkway to the entrance of the library will be replaced. Rutgers' Facilities has assured the library that there will be a clear 'path of travel' to allow people to find their way to the front of the building during this renovation. Facilities also plans to erect fencing to protect areas under construction. We anticipate that the streetscaping project will be finished by the middle of August.

We are sorry for any inconvenience these projects present to our users.

Posted July 5, 2012