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Stacks Department

Hours of operation

Stack Maintenance:

With over 2 million volumes on eight floors of open book stacks, the stacks maintenance unit staff and supervisors move over one million books a year. Each day, staff pick up the materials used in the library the day before and reshelve them, along with the materials coming back through Circulation, and new materials from the Technical Services Division. The in-house use of materials accounts for half of the one million volumes that are reshelved. In addition, the staff is constantly shelf reading the stacks for accuracy in call number order. The library's materials have been catalogued in the Library of Congress classification scheme, which clusters together materials with like subject matter. The staff is responsible for the oversize sections on th e floors. All of the full-time and part-time staff have been trained in Preservation and are experts in appropriate book handling. The full-time staff has also been trained in BobCat searching, so patrons with questions about the online catalog may ask the staff working on the book stack floors for assistance.

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