Ohio’s five Library Depositories will soon undergo nearly 30 needed expansion and repair projects, thanks to a $1.8 million fund designation from the Ohio Board of Regents Controlling Board. Planned work includes a project to repair a portion of the roof in the Southeast Depository; renovate the floor and shelving in the Central Depository; replace chiller units to better preserve library materials in the Southwest and Northeast depositories; and enclose the carport to ensure safe transfer of materials in all weather in the Southeast Depository.
“These improvements will help ensure the long-term preservation of these materials ranging from books to historical maps for future Ohioans,” said Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut.
The Library Depositories were developed in the early 1990s to store materials designated as “seldom used” by 13 of the state’s public universities. Because OhioLINK already worked closely with each regional depository, the organization was tapped to help with the management of the buildings. Materials stored in the depositories are available to library patrons through OhioLINK request and often arrive at the designated library in one day.Posted by Stacy Brannan at May 24, 2010 03:31 PM