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Expect noise, grad center closing, disruptions through Sept. 26 in some Cabell spaces

September 16, 2016

The Graduate Student and Faculty Research Center will be closed and patrons should expect noise and disruption in usual library routines Tuesday, Sept. 20-Monday, Sept. 26. James Branch Cabell Library is host to several major events related to the universitywide gala kick-off of the Make It Real campaign to raise funds.  

Disruptions and noise--largely impacting the usually quiet and silent third and fourth floor spaces--will be related to equipment and furniture moves, set ups of tables and chairs, supply and catering deliveries, music, conversation and comings-and-goings of hundreds of event attendees.

Please note:

  • The Graduate Student and Faculty Research Center (Room 402) at James Branch Cabell Library will close the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 20 and will not be available for study until late Friday, Sept. 23, or possibly as late as Saturday, Sept. 24. The public computers in that space will be reinstalled by the evening of Sept. 26 if not earlier. 
  • Eight public desktop computers that were at the entrance of the Research Center were moved temporarily to make way for a temporary removal of doors so that furniture can be moved. If you need a computer: Find six of them in the adjacent Silent Reading Room and in other spaces on the fourth floor. Laptops are also available for checkout on the first floor. Desktops are also available on first, second and third floors. 
  • The door to the Research Center will be removed on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The room may be used during that time. Door removal will be loud. The room will be open and therefore not as silent as some users would expect. 
  • The furniture will be removed on Wednesday, Sept. 21, and the space closed to patrons.
  • Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., some 300-400 party-goers will attend a reception in the Graduate Student and Faculty Research Center (402) and then descend to the Lecture Hall (room 303) for a presentation and dinner. A "roaming" dinner will be served at catering stations on the third floor. There will be noise for set-up throughout various library spaces all day. There will be music. 
  • Friday, Sept. 23, offers two significant events in the Lecture Hall: a discussion with internationally famous comic artists/illustrators Reilly Brown and Charles Vess 1 to 2:30 p.m.; and an evening panel discussion featuring five alumni. These events are free and open to all. 
Be prepared for:
  • MUSIC IN THE LIBRARY: The Peppas will be playing outside the building and inside the building on Thursday evening, Sept. 22. Jazz bands will also be playing. Be prepared for conversational and music noise 5 to 7 p.m.  
  • EXTERIOR ART/VITRINE IMAGE: An animated image related to the campaign materials will be showing on The Cabell Big Screen from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22. A projection art show is also planned for display on the wall opposite Cabell on Hibbs. Artwork by Reilly Brown and Charles Vess will be shown on the big screen on Friday, Sept. 23, morning to 4 p.m. And, an animated campaign image will be showing 4 to 10 pm. Friday. 
  • TRAFFIC PATTERNS: On a bike or a skateboard? Be aware of extra foot traffic in and around Cabell and slow down for safety. Most attendees will be using valet parking, which will be located on the Cathedral side of the building. Campus Connector and Ram Safe ride vans will be discontinued that evening. 

Need a quieter study space? Patrons can use Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, 509 N. 12th Street, on the MCV Campus. 

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