Yes, folks, right after the exams, renovation will begin. So from 10 May 2010 right up till 31 July 2010, expect the noise, the vibrations, the dust….just don’t expect the library to be quiet anymore. But it is still business as usual. So come borrow your books or check out the new books we will still be displaying on Level 1.
Here are the stuff that will be happening:
1. We will be closing an hour earlier during vacation. So, opening hours from 9 May to 1 Aug 2010 (vacation) are:
2. Level 3 will be closed from 10 May to 31 July 2010. So, Seminar Rooms 1-4 and the Quiet Room are closed. Try the 2 discussion rooms on Level 2.
3. Lift lobbies will be closed as well (from 10 May to 31 July 2010). So, to get to Level 2, take the staircase facing the main entrance.
On 20 Apr, a bunch of us moved to our temporary office at Level 5, BIZ2 Building.
At 830am, our office at HSSML was starting to look deserted. Our glass-topped desks winked under the glare of the fluorescent lights. Probably very glad from being freed of the years of cumulated clutter.
At the Basement of the library, our 2 “mei-nu” helped the OED movers to get our boxes of PCs, monitors, files and all sorts of stuff loaded on to the lorry.
Level 5, BIZ2 isn’t exactly the most accessible of places. The OED chaps had to stop the lorry near the BIZ guard post, unloaded all the boxes on to trolleys to be pushed right through the canteen to the set of staircases on Level 4.
At the foot of the staircase of Level 4, we unloaded all the boxes so that each of us took one box at a time up the stairs to Level 5. Uh-huh, there isn’t a lift.
After we got all our boxes in, we started settling down. The first thing that got set up was the clock!
And the first thing we discovered as we got ready to start work was… there was no network connection. Only one point had a network connection so only one IP phone worked. Here is Bizad School’s IT technical officer on the phone with Comp Centre trying to get our network connection up and running.
Suffice to say, we are settling down quite nicely now (although the printer is not quite working yet).
There is a saying about rats and ships but no, I shouldn’t even say it because it isn’t in our case.
No, siree. The library is still opened, Loans and Information Services are still offered and we are still going “Shhh….” because exams are coming.
It is just us librarians and library officers going off on our temporary sojourn at BIZ2, Level 5. Basically, we are getting ready for the renovation. Some of us had some misgivings about leaving our comfortable little office. But after a quick tour of our new abode (albeit a temporary one), we were rather taken. It is roomy (well, sort of elongated) and we have each a little cubicle of our own. So, really, we are looking forward to it.
The exodus starts tomorrow (20 Apr). Oh, we will be back, probably end of July. But hey, drop by for a chat, eh?
If you see workers moving around bringing all sort of shelves, furniture and goodness-knows-what-you-can-find-in-an-old-library up to Level 2, it’s because they ARE moving around helping us store away all sorts of goodness-knows-what.
Yup, we are clearing the Basement (you didn’t know we had one? Well, we do) out so that the contractors can start getting the Basement ready for some piling. No, not to worry. Piling only begins when exams end. And our workers do know you need your quiet time to study so they will try their best to keep noise to the minimumest of the minumum.
Moving around starts today (14 Apr) and ends 23 Apr.