The Taylor Family Digital Library was due to be open for student use by next week, but now must undergo an extensive refitting of the mechanical system that controls heating, cooling and humidity due to a design flaw.
Only the first two floors are open, the upper four floors, which contain the book stacks, will stay closed until the work can be finished, likely by the end of summer.
The problem is that some of the books had been moved from the MacKimmie Library tower and some hadn’t, while others have been transferred to a high-density storage facility at Spy Hill, which means that staff have to track down individual student requests.
The $180-million Taylor Family Digital Library is touted to be one of the most advanced student libraries in Canada. The six-storey facility will feature touch technology, video terminals with audio cones for users to listen to recordings and a video wall with multiple real-time research information.
The grand opening will take place as scheduled in September, when the art galleries are also completed, but the plan was for students to start directly accessing books this term.
See Also: Taylor Family Digital Library Info Page