Vatican Library Reopens After Three Year Restoration Project

AP/ dateline VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Monday announced it would re-open its library to scholars on September 20 after a massive restoration that kept it shut for three years.

The 16th century building underwent renovations worth 25 million euros (32 million dollars) and will re-open its doors to about 4,000 authorised researchers, Vatican librarian Raffaele Farina said at a press conference. [another source, ABC News claims renovations cost a bit under $11.5 milllion dollars...so which is it, 11.5 or 32 mill?]. The library is reported to hold 1.5 million books.

A new elevator connects the renovated reading rooms of the third floor -- where frescoes decorate the ceilings -- and the 800-square meter (8,600 square foot) underground concrete bunker where the manuscripts are kept. "It's nuke-proof," joked Sever Voicu, a curator of Greek manuscripts at the library.

The restoration of the building was decided in 2007 and includes the installation of a modern air-conditioning system to preserve older tomes, the consolidation of load-bearing walls and the installation of up-to-date security measures.

Nice Ref Desk!

Way cool ref desk in the Netherlands from Recycleart.org...via Val Hawkins.

Earthquake Damage to New Zealand Library

A recent earthquake damaged the Canterbury Library in Christchurch, New Zealand. See some of the photos of some of the damage at: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/photos.shtml Forwarded from: MAPS-L the Maps, Air Photo, GIS Forum - Map Librarianship [[email protected]]

Daley Library at U. Illinois Chicago...We're Trying

A complaint by Mike Persley, who suggested that the campus's Daley Library 'clean up its act' (after a very frustrating experience trying to print materials for class and then being overwhelmed by broken fixtures, dirt, graffitied tables, a confusing layout, and art-starved walls) is addressed in a recent issue of the Chicago Flame by Mary M. Case, University Librarian.

She responds: As Mike’s story demonstrates, we are still working on having a consistent suite of software on all machines. We clearly need to dedicate more resources to meeting that goal, as well as to increasing the reliability of printers. We will do that.

Specifically in Daley, two Oases and the Daley Grind have helped to enliven the first floor. Later this year construction will begin on the now blocked off south end on our new IDEA Commons—a space intended for active learning and 24 hour access.

Words and Drink: To Help Repair The Children's Section

Stonington CT - Shortly after this spring's flooding caused about $50,000 of damage to the Stonington Free Library's children's section, Peter Brown and his wife, Alexandra Stoddard, were talking to Dog Watch Cafe owner David Eck about how they could help.

Brown, a trial lawyer, decided that he would donate 1,000 copies of his new book, "Figure it Out," to the effort. On Sunday anyone who donated $25 to the library received a signed copy and a free drink at the Dog Watch.

The event was a hit as hundreds made donations to the library during a daylong event at the restaurant, which overlooks Stonington Harbor.

"This has just been a phenomenal success," said Stoddard, an author of books including "Living a Beautiful Life: 500 Ways to Add Elegance, Order, Beauty and Joy to Every Day of Your Life."

Creating A Unique Library in Colorado

That's RANCH library... not branch library...

The LA Times Jacket Copy blogs on a new type of library currently under construction in Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Land Library, where visitors can learn not only from books, but also from the landscape.

Jeff Lee and his wife Ann Martin, longtime staff members at the famed Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver, are behind the Rocky Mountain Land Library project. They were inspired by St. Deiniol's Library in North Wales to create a space for scholarship, contemplation, reading and writing, all in connection with the land itself.

Students at the University of Colorado Denver are currently working at the Buffalo Peaks Ranch, where a 20,000 + volume natural history library will be focused on the land and communities of the Rocky Mountains.

Lodi Library Ready to Renovate

Her message is clear: No more mustard yellow carpet (she's got that right).

During the past four years, Library Services Director Nancy Martinez has hoped that the 31-year-old carpet in the Lodi Public Library would disintegrate while it was being cleaned.

After completing $1.8 million in renovations last August, staff is already looking toward finishing the rest of the library, which is mainly the adult area, and finally replacing all of the mustard carpet.

Councilmember Bob Johnson said there is quite the contrast between the new children's area and the adult section at the council's shirtsleeves meeting Tuesday.

"Some of those chairs could be donated to the Smithsonian," Johnson added.

More from the Lodi (CA) News.

Wanted: Old library Chairs With Stories to Tell

"The VIA Group, the marketing agency that will move into Portland's old Baxter Library next month, is offering cash to libraries across the nation for chairs with stories. "Every chair has a story and every library has a story that goes with it," said Emily Straubel, spokeswoman for VIA, a 17-year-old firm in Portland (Maine)." Read more at <a href=http://www.pressherald.com/business/wanted-old-library-chairs-with-stories-to-tell_2010-07-16.html>The Portland Press Herald</a>.

New Walnut Creek (CA) Library Houses Art & Books

"Shhh...A Portrait in 12 Volumes of Gray," by Christian Moeller, is the centerpiece of the public art on display in Walnut Creek's new public library, which opens on July 17.

At one entrance, shown above, visitors to the library will be greeted by internationally recognized artist Christian Moeller's 26-foot-tall portrait of a cheeky librarian holding a finger to her lips. At another, they'll walk under a stream of colorful glass bottles riding a metal tidal wave. And in the children's area they won't be able to help but notice the playful sculptures of bees, dragonflies and flowers flitting across the walls. Twelve photo images and more on the new library from Contra Costa Times.

New Library Shuts Down To Locate Pungent Problem

Cape News reports that the new Mashpee (MA) Public Library closed, opened, and closed again this week due to issues with the building’s ventilation system and a horrible smell emanating from the first floor foyer.

The library was closed to the public from last Thursday until Monday to fix a mechanical problem with the air conditioning system that apparently caused high moisture in the throughout the building. It was reopened Monday through Wednesday of this week, but after contractors could not rid the circulation desk area of a pungent odor, they closed it again yesterday and it remained closed through the day. Catherine A. Laurent, director of the Mashpee Department of Public Works, said the library will be closed through the weekend as contractors work to identify the source of the smell.

She said the closure may be extended beyond the weekend, depending on what work needs to be done to fix the problem.

Town officials said that the air conditioning drainage problem was quickly fixed during the closure last weekend, but the smell, most noticeable around the circulation desk, hung around through the week. The cause of the smell remained a mystery, making its eradication a challenge.


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