Big Book Move Set to Begin

May 20th, 2010

West Addition of Library (5/20/10)

Starting May 24th and lasting until August 22nd library staff and faculty assisted by a large crew of students will be working 6 days a week, 16 hours a day to move more than a million books and other items from the old Library into the new west addition.

During the Book Move you’ll need to use the Link+ system to request books. Link+ gives you access to the collections of more than 40 academic and public libraries in California and Nevada. View complete list of Link+ libraries. Books requested using Link+ will be delivered for pick up in HSS 102 in 2-4 business days. Instructions for using Link+

Most of the collections we’re moving over the summer will be loaded into the Library Retrieval System, which fills the ground, first and second floors of the west addition. The rest of the collection will be placed on open stacks on the 3rd and 4th floors.

Scope of the Move

  • One million books to Library Retrieval System (LRS)
  • 300,000 government documents to LRS
  • 2.5 million microform units to LRS
  • 100,000 media items to LRS
  • 200,000 volumes to future open stacks

The Big Book Move is a significant milestone for the Library building project. Once completed, the contractor can begin the last phase of the project: gutting and renovating the old building.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Entry Filed under: Library Building Project

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Vish Ganti  |  May 30th, 2010 at 7:03 pm


    Does this mean, students wont be able to loan any books from the SFSU library. Instead they will have to use Link+ to request books from other schools?

    That is such an inconvenience


  • 2. Debbie Masters  |  June 4th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Yes, unfortunately during the book move, we will not be able to retrieve books from our collections. However, over 85% of our books are available from other Link+ libraries, and the turnaround time should be 2-4 days. We hope that students and faculty will be able to plan ahead with extra lead time to request the books they need during the summer. We will retrieve books from our collections again starting at the beginning of the fall semester.

    Debbie Masters
    University Librarian

  • 3. Kathy  |  June 18th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Wha! Wha! Grow up! You are going to have a state of the art library in a few months and you’re complaining because you are going to be inconvenienced for a short time. Do you know that in some countries; an entire class of students must share the few books available at the school? Me, me, me — it’s all about me!

  • 4. m  |  July 12th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    geez, kathy. mellow out.

  • 5. Ben  |  August 30th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    The library was very bad when it was open and running. Now that it is closed, it is better. How about that! Way to go, management! To make it even better, close it altogether. Go E-books!

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