These Were Builders

Within a few years, the library holdings outgrew the facilities, and a much larger building was needed. Appropriations were made to enlarge the original library, and construction began in August 1966. To fully appreciate the difficulties attendant to the construction, one should talk with any staff member who worked in the library during those chaotic years. Many problems developed because the library remained open and tried to give servj.ce while construction was going on- all around, above and below, inside and out o The first, day of groundbreaking gives an idea of the usual unusual incidents which took place over a period of about three years. For several months, the staff had requested that the huge windows of the building be cleaned. They had been dirt-coated for years. Finally, with special equipment, the outside world could be viewed through clear windows, and the staff and patrons rejoiced, but not for long. Almost immediately, a huge pile-driver appeared on the scene and began to drive piles deep into the earth all around the building. As it moved, it ejected an oily substance. Result? Dirty windows! This was besides the jarring to which one was subjected to inside the building. The library staff was shifted from big rooms to little ones, up ­ stairs and back down, from pillar to post with the added trials of leaking roofs, no plumbing facilities, cement dust, and construction fumes and noise During one winter, the only protection from the outside in one area was a temporary wall of beaverboard. Staff members in that section wore coats, hats, and boots to keep warm. There was no shelving in the temporary workrooms, so all the library periodicals were stacked on the floor. Back runs in fifty-two boxes were unavailable to patrons. To relieve the tension, amusing incidents offered some laughter and

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