Week 125: September Updates

September has been busy at the library as we welcomed students back to campus. We are expanding hours, working on the L1 renovation, working closely with Security on new procedures, reinstalling the WAM, and preparing for the holidays. Yesterday, we had a very successful Resource Fair and will focus on that in next week’s message.

Daily Turnstile Count

September and August saw a high of over 1,100 swipes in a day. Below are the highs for August and September:

  • September: 1,105
  • August: 1,108

L1 Renovation Update

Progress is being made on the L1 renovation. The timeline remains on track.

  • Walsh Brothers Construction is confirmed to be the construction management firm for this project
  • Still in design phase
  • Continuing to meet with various stakeholders and departments for design input
  • L1 journals need to be removed by Thanksgiving
  • L1 floor asbestos abatement to begin approx. December 19th and continued through the break
  • Atrium services will remain open during construction
  • Examining logistics such as Shattuck entrance closing, bridge from Huntington lot through L1 window, etc.

Security Update

There is much happening on the Security front since staff are no longer closing the library.

  • One of our evening Security guards put in his resignation. Security is looking to replace him.
  • Plan for guards to make an announcement 30 min before closing and again 15 min before closing
  • Doors will lock 30 min before closing, turnstiles lock 15 min before closing
  • Guards do a final sweep of floors L2, L1, 1, 2, and 5 at closing and ensure all students have left the building

New Library Hours

On September 11th, we extended library hours to the following:

  • Sunday- 12pm-11pm
  • Monday- 8am-midnight
  • Tuesday- 8am-midnight
  • Wednesday- 8am-midnight
  • Thursday- 8am-midnight
  • Friday- 8am-6pm (no change)
  • Saturday- 10am-6pm (no change)

Staff will continue to leave at their regular time. Security will be onsite, and students will be able to continue studying. We remain open to current students, faculty, and staff from HU.

WAM Redesign

We are looking forward to reopening the newly designed Warren Anatomical Museum (date TBD).

  • Wescor has officially begun the redesign of the Warren Anatomical Museum on the 5th floor
  • New alarms/security cameras will be added, in addition to two cameras on the 2nd floor outside the RRR

Upcoming Holidays

The library is open on Indigenous Peoples Day, which is on Monday, October 10th and on Veteran’s Day which is on Friday, November 11th for student study only. LHTs will be staffing the library those days.

  • The library will be closed Thanksgiving Day through the weekend
  • The library will be closed winter break, although construction will be onsite working

Holiday Party

Planning is underway for the Countway holiday party.

  • Mark your calendars: December 14th afternoon in classrooms 102/103
  • MJ will be reaching out for Holiday Party committee volunteers
  • We would like your input!

Future Meetings

  • Next Countway all-staff meeting is on Wednesday, September 28th 1-2pm. Scott Podolsky, Megan Kerr and Dominic Hall are presenting.
  • Next Countway Town Hall meeting is on Wednesday, October 12th 1-2pm
  • Light refreshments are available for future all-staff and Town Hall meetings as a grab and go option
  • All future meetings will be in-person in the 1st floor classrooms; please wear a mask


Congratulations to the Outreach Office and all Countway staff on a successful Resource Fair. The turnstile count was 1,664 yesterday! More to come next week.