Phase two of the Sustainable Building Project has seen the emptying of the old Library basement to allow essential work to improve humidity control, to ensure the long-term conservation of our important collections, including periodicals, and to reduce our annual energy costs.
The books that have been moved out of the 1960s Library basement filled over a kilometre of shelves and will be stored off-site until the building work is complete in November 2015, while the shelves are temporarily filling the entrance hall.
The Library will still open again as usual on 1 September and will close only for 3 weeks from 15 November to 6 December inclusive to allow us to put everything back in place.
If you would like to use the Library do consult URBiS (www.urbis-libnet.org), our new online catalogue, which includes the collections of five other research Libraries in Rome and will help you to plan your visit in advance.
By Valerie Scott (Librarian)
Images by Sophie Hay