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Gelman 6th Floor Book Shift

Gelman 6th floor book shift

If you’ve been on the 6th floor this fall, you’ve noticed that there are very full shelves and very empty ones.  Beginning on October 20th we will undertake a floor-wide shift to rebalance shelving space.

"Shifting" is the movement of volumes between shelves within a library building. The need to shift occurs because collections expand with little to no space available on adjacent shelves. Gelman’s 6th floor has reached the point in which all the volumes need to be relocated.  By the time the shift project is completed (before Thanksgiving), practically every volume will have been moved, some only a shelf away, and others many shelves away.

The shift project will progress backwards through the entire 6th floor. It will begin in the far right corner, the southwest corner, of the floor and will conclude with the PNs in the near left corner, the northeast corner of the floor.

Staff will cordon off one section of the stacks at a time while they move all the volumes on these shelves to their new locations. 

Books in the current work-zone, and those between, will be unavailable.  If you need a book from a work-zone, please complete and submit this formThe library will contact you when the book is ready for pick-up.  Most books will be retrieved within 24 hours, but books requested on Fridays may take 48 hours.

Please contact Jean A. Pec at jpec@gwu.edu with any questions.

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