July 25, 2013
As promised yesterday, here is a little bit about the Bora Laskin Law Library’s new home at the Birge Carnegie Library. Part of the Victoria University Campus, the building was first opened in 1910 and housed Victoria University’s Library until the 1960’s. The building is lovely; the neo-gothic style and the ivy covered walls provide a great sense of history and tradition.
View of the entrance to Birge Carnegie from Charles St
Ivy covered walls in the fall. This is what the students will see when they start classes
The inside is equally impressive:
This is an older photo of the reading room but it looks much the same even today.
The stacks area though is slightly more funky!!!
The stacks area in the lower floor with a slightly less traditional colour scheme!
July 24, 2013
Last Friday at 5:00 after a few delays, the Bora Laskin Law Library building closed for renovations. On Monday July 29th the library will re-open with our core collection at Birge-Carnegie in place.
The last photo, 5:00 on Friday (well approximately; that clock was never too accurate) closing the Library for the last time.
For those of us at the library who have been at Bora Laskin since the doors opened it was a bittersweet moment. Chief Librarian John Papadopoulos shares some of his memories of his time at here as a student and as a librarian in this recorded conversation.
The shelves have been emptied and the books moved out in preparation for the renovation.
It is a little sad to see the place so empty
In the meantime at our temporary digs at Birge Carnegie, staff are already unpacking their offices, the phones are working and most of the computers are set up.
- Acquisitions Coordinator Liz, already at work. Lots of unpacking ahead of her
JP – getting comfortable in his new office.
Stay tuned …. Tomorrow I will give you a preview of our new space.
For general information about the library transition, see our FAQ
July 22, 2013
If you need to contact library staff please use our e-mail addresses. Telephones for staff are being transitioned to the new building.
July 18, 2013
The Bora Laskin Law Library will be closing at 78 Queen’s Park on July 19th 2013 at 5:00 pm. The library will be closed for a full week and will re-open at Birge-Carnegie, 95 Charles Street W, July 29th at 9:00 am.
The parts of the library collection that are moving to Birge-Carnegie will not by physically available until the 29th. Reference librarians, will be available via e-mail during the closure and will endeavour to answer questions as promptly as possible. Library books that are due during the closure can either be returned to any campus library during the week we are closed or returned to Bora Laskin once we reopen on the 29th. We will not charge fines for overdue books returned to Bora Laskin after the closure if they are returned promptly once we re-open.
Please see our FAQ for information on the move, where library material is located and the library’s operations after the move.
To keep up to date with our news check out our website http://library.law.utoronto.ca, our blog https://bllreference.wordpress.com/ and our Twitter feed https://twitter.com/LaskinLawLib. Signing up to follow our blog or Twitter feed will keep you up with the most current information on the move and other library information.
July 15, 2013
The move of items to storage will be completed by tomorrow. Over 3000 boxes of books have been moved out so far and the remainder will go either today or tomorrow.
The library is still open, despite the hoarding around the Queen’s Park section of the property. Librarians as still here to assist with your reference questions. It is likely the staff and core collection will move to Birge Carnegie early next week. We will keep you posted as to the dates the library will be closed as soon as we know.
So how many boxes do we need to move 80,000 books?
many, many, many!!!!!
Apparently the working mice are coming with us. Luckily we are leaving the squirrels behind.
July 8, 2013
Starting on July 9th, movers will begin to move material from the library into storage. Approximately 80,000 volumes will be moved out over the course of the week. There will be noise and disruption as well as moving boxes and equipment in the aisles. Please be careful.
The library will be open and all services will be available during this time. The final move to Birge-Carnegie will likely take place at the end of July.
The volumes moving to storage will not be retrievable are however there are alternative locations either on campus or online for most of this material. Please contact any one of the reference librarians if you need assistance in locating the resources you need:
- Canada: Statutory materials (except as noted in our FAQ) (available at Government Publications – 5th Floor Robarts)
- Ontario: Statutory materials (except as noted in our FAQ) (available at Government Publications – 5th Floor Robarts)
- Provincial statutes (except Ontario) (available at Government Publications B2 Storage area – (must be requested online for in-library use only))
- Canadian reporters (except as noted in our FAQ) (Online (most) or interlibrary loan)
- UK primary materials (except as noted in our FAQ) (Online (some) or interlibrary loan)
- USA primary materials main collection ((except as noted in our FAQ) (Online (most) or interlibrary loan)
- Non-Canadian, UK or US primary materials (Online (some) or interlibrary loan)