photograph of renovation of stairs at Max Chambers Library

Cosmetic Surgery for the Max Chambers Library

By Christine Edwards, librarian, Max Chambers Library

This summer the UCO library is undergoing a bit of a face lift. Among the top of these procedures is a re-flooring of the main staircase. Tiles have been torn up and the steps lay bare awaiting their new coverings. Complementing the update of the stairs, a fresh paint job is being applied to all those dusty white (or formerly white) pillars that crisscross the atrium. The expansively high ceilings have required the use of some heavy equipment which has the librarians and students listening to a lovely chorus of “beep, beep, beep” as they maneuver around the first floor. This also required the unfortunate closing off of the east entrance. Want that Starbucks coffee from the Outtakes Café? Need a study snack? You’ll have to walk all the way around the outside for the time being.

If you’re tired of walking, then you might choose to take the elevator instead of the stairs when you come back to study. Look down during your ride and you’ll notice the shiny new floor. No more suspicious-smelling carpet in these lifts! It has been replaced by an easy-to-clean alternative and we are oh so happy about it.

So, while the construction might be inconvenient for the moment, the end result will be well worth the pain of the process and a cosmetically enhanced library will be able to welcome you back in the fall.

— Photo provided by Jeff Musslewhite, library technician III, Max Chambers Library

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