Renovation Update – Everything is Looking Up

1By Jenny Nehrt, Student Assistant                                                                           In the midst of all these summer thunderstorms, grey skies are not usually a welcome sight. However, in the case of the Special Collections Reading Room, the new coat of grey paint is a reason to celebrate! The room looks much improved over its former stripped wood ceiling. The air ducts also have been painted, so as not to distract researchers and student assistants alike with a penchant for shiny things. 5 As you can see, the reconstructed molding is finished and it looks beautiful! The entire plaster molding has been cleaned up to match the look of the original ceilings.   Every caution was taken to be sure that the paint would not rain down and ruin any of the wood.2

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The shelving units along the walls will be helpful for storing collections in use by researchers in the room.   You know, once they get shelves in them… 4 Overall, the room is nicely shaping up! Each day, it moves closer to being a usable reading room that will serve our visitors and researchers to Special Collections well. Until then, come and visit us in Carrier Library, Room 220. We’re here Monday – Thursday 9 am – 5 pm.  We’ll be back next week with more pictures and updates!

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About Mark Peterson

Rare Books and Research Services Librarian at James Madison University Libraries.

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