Hi Everyone -

I am pleased to let you know that *the temporary new Department of the
Interior Library will open in Room 2262 of the Stewart Lee Udall Department
of the Interior Building on Tuesday, July 15th at 7:45 am*.  The new DOI
Library replaces the former Library, which closed on May 30th in
preparation for the two-year modernization of wing 1 of the Stewart Lee
Udall Department of the Interior Building, the wing in which the Library
was located.

*Temporary New Interior Library - *The new DOI Library will be open to the
public as well as Interior Department employees.  The hours of operation
will be the same as those of the former Library, 7:45 am to 5:00 pm Monday
through Friday (except federal government holidays).

Patron computer workstations on which visitors may access online
subscriptions and databases currently provided by the Interior Library will
also be available. A photocopier and microform reader/printers for those
who wish to make copies of materials available in those formats will also
be moved into the new DOI Library.

Some of the more frequently utilized legal, legislative and reference print
resources will be included in the new Library's collection. Access to
selected current print periodicals, newly received books, and important
microform collections will also be provided. Other materials from the
Library's collections will be slated to be moved to and housed in the
off-site warehouse.

The temporary new Library's phone number and e-mail address are unchanged.
 The Library's Reference Desk phone number remains (202) 208-5815 and the
Library's e-mail address remains [log in to unmask]

*Off-site Warehouse and Delivery Service* - Most of the Interior
Library collections
have been relocated to a contractor-owned warehouse facility in Sterling,
VA.  Within the next few weeks, the contractor operating the warehouse will
institute a twice-per-week delivery service between the warehouse and the
temporary library. Requested materials that are housed in the warehouse
will be shipped to the temporary library with the next scheduled delivery.

The warehouse will be owned and operated by a government contractor.
Patrons will not be allowed to go to warehouse to browse through and/or
search for and retrieve Library materials.

*Library Programs* - The Library staff will be resuming its Park Ranger
Speaker Series programs with a program entitled "The Battle of Mobile Bay"
scheduled for Tuesday, July 15th at 1:00 pm in the Rachel Carson Room, next
to the Interior Cafeteria (Bison Bistro) in the basement level of the Stewart
Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building.  Future Park Ranger Speaker
Series programs will follow on the third Tuesday of every month.

The Library hopes to resume its Training Sessions programs in August.

Because the temporary Library comprises a much smaller space than the
current library, some Interior Library programs will take place in
conference rooms in other areas of the building. Most programs will take
place in conference rooms adjacent to the Interior Cafeteria, located on
the basement level. As future programs are scheduled, the Library staff
will post information about them and their locations on the Library's

*Library Staff Offices* - Offices for the librarians and library technicians
have also be moved. Their offices are now located in Rooms 1347, 1349,
1351, 1353, and 1355 of the building. Staff will remain in these offices
for the duration of the wing 1 modernization project, about two years,
after which they will return to the renovated space in the Interior Library.

*Interlibrary Loan Services* - The Interior Library staff will continue to
take and process Interlibrary Loan requests from Interior Department staff
for needed publications that are not housed in the Interior Library
This would include materials that are not in the off-site warehouse or
temporary library.

The Interior Library staff will not accept or process requests from other
libraries to borrow materials from the Interior Library collections until
August or later. At that time, the Library staff will reassess its ability
to reinstate this service to other libraries. The decision will depend upon
how quickly the contractor can organize the collections at the off-site
warehouse and how efficiently the contractor-operated delivery service is

*The Modernized Interior Library - *After the two-year modernization of
Wing 1 of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building has
been completed, it is expected that the Library collections and staff will
be returned to the newly renovated space.

The modernization of the current Library space is expected to include the
installation of a new heating and air conditioning system, the rewiring of
the electrical system and the addition of new electrical outlets, the
installation of new computer network ports, the installation of new
windows, replacement of water pipes and sprinkler systems, Wifi access
throughout theLibrary, and refinished floors and wooden shelving. The
historic look and feel of the Reading Room and balcony areas will not be
dramatically altered.

As part of the modernization process, the Library will lose some space in
its stacks area for the installation of required emergency exit stairwells
and ramps for Wing 1 of the building. The Library will also lose some space
in the southeastern corner of the Reading Room for the installation of an
exterior elevator that will take building visitors between the C Street
sidewalk level to the top level of the C Street entrance stairs.

*Questions* - Any questions related to the modernization of the Interior
Library, the relocation of its collections, impacts to resources and
services, and the operation of the temporary new library can be directed to
me. My contact information is listed in my signature line below.

Please feel free to share this e-mail with others that you think would be
interested.  As always, we greatly appreciate your patronage and support of
the DOI Library.


George Franchois
Director - U.S. Dept. of the Interior Library
Office of the Secretary - Office of Facilities and Administrative Services
1849 C Street, NW, Room 2262, MS 1151
Washington, DC 20240
E-Mail: [log in to unmask]
Phone: (202) 208-3796
Fax: (202) 208-6773
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