Chapel Hill Public Library will shift a significant portion of its collection this month. No materials will be due between Monday, May 23, and Monday, June 6, while approximately 20,000 items are moved.
Users who have borrowed materials are asked to keep and enjoy them until after the shift is complete. No late fees will be charged during this time. The library will be open normal hours during the project and users can continue to borrow new titles, though different areas of the stacks will be closed to the public each day.
“Many users have told us that it’s not always easy to navigate our stacks, especially the ones on the main level that house our most popular collections for adults,” said Library Director Susan Brown. “We are glad to announce that we are now doing something about it.”
After the shift, the rows of stacks are going to be arranged in consistent directions and heights. High-demand services like self-checkout machines, holds shelves, new books, printing, and service points will be prominently visible.
“In addition to rethinking the layout of our collections, we are reimagining how we deliver service – on the floor, on the phone, on the web, and anywhere else we interact with our users,” Brown added. “Users can expect to have more hands-on help from library staff wherever help is needed.”
Construction crews will start disassembling and moving the stacks on the main floor starting on Monday. During that time, staff will assist the public in locating and borrowing any books or titles that are in the affected sections. Work is expected to be complete in the second week of June.