Circulation of Bapst Art Books Suspended

(8-27-99) -- University library officials have suspended circulation of the Bapst Art Library's main art collection due to a discovery of mold in the level-two stacks area.

The 28,000-book art collection is being transferred to a climate controlled facility in Georgetown, Mass. for treatment and repair. The collection is expected to be back in circulation in two to three weeks, according to University Librarian Jerome Yavarkovsky.

Yavarkovsky said that the outbreak was likely caused by a failure in a library climate control system. The equipment in question will be repaired or replaced, and climate monitors will be installed in the area, he said.

Patrons seeking art resources will be referred to the Boston Library Consortium, where Boston College library users have reciprocal borrowing privileges. Expedited interlibrary loan service will be available until the collection is returned to Bapst, Yavarkovsky said.

Reference and periodical collections in the Bapst Art Library were not affected by the problem and continue to be available to library users, according to Yavarkovsky.

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