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2 April 2014 No Comments

Despite the flooding that occurred following Sunday’s inclement weather, Dean of University Libraries Deborah Nolan has said that all of Cook Library’s resources and services will remain available to students.

The flooding, which mostly affected administrative office areas and supplies, is thought to have been caused by clogged drain lines which have since been cleared.

“It is my understanding that [the drain] has been fixed and that we should be fine,” Nolan said.

There are, however, a few areas that will require cleaning, maintenance work and new flooring as a result of the flooding.

“Because of the storm over the weekend, the storm water drain backed up and it backed up all the way to the fourth floor where the water found a place to escape, and it escaped into our [fourth floor] administrative office suite,” Nolan said.

From there the water leaked down to the back of the third floor’s circulation work area, through the second floor’s non-print materials storage and down to the Office of Technology Services offices located on the first floor. Nolan also said that no student or reference materials were directly affected by the flooding, meaning that all public services and areas of the library will remain available.

“The damage was limited to staff areas which is great, that means that none of the collections were damaged and all of our services to students and faculty and staff are continuing,” Nolan said. “So that’s really good news.”

Among the administrative belongings damaged in the flooding were office materials like computers, carpets, furniture and phones, said Nolan. As a result, the affected library employees have been temporarily relocated to other locations within the building, where they will be able work until the cleanup and restoration efforts are completed. Members of the Interlibrary Loan department, or ILL, have been moved to the back of the third floor reference section. The conference rooms on the fifth floor have also been utilized as temporary office space.

“Everyone’s just floating. I hate to use that term after a flood, but we’re all floating at the moment,” Nolan said.

Despite these inconveniences, Nolan said that the University’s response to the flooding has been immensely helpful in getting things back to normal.

“The Towson facilities people and maintenance crews have been fabulous in helping us stay on top of things and keeping us organized and responding to our questions and helping us plan out what’s going to happen over the next week or so,” Nolan said. “They’ve been incredible.”


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