Himmelfarb Headlines - May / June 2019

Himmelfarb Library Responds to B-Level Stacks Flood Event

Himmelfarb Library Responds to B-Level Stacks Flood EventIn early February, pipes supplying steam for heating in Ross Hall burst in the Himmelfarb basement level book stacks. Books directly beneath the pipes sustained water damage. 

Thanks to quick action by library staff and Ross Hall facilities management, many materials were salvaged and moved out of the flooded area. Books stacks and a number of other rooms on the B level were closed for several weeks to accommodate clean up activities as flood water spread beyond the immediate area.

The ophthalmology, orthopedics, and surgery books were the most heavily affected by the flood. About 260 volumes had to be withdrawn totaling approximately $30,000 worth of collection losses.

The library has identified titles that are high priority for replacement due to their recency and usage. The emphasis is on replacing materials with equivalent or newer editions of these titles in electronic format when available. Collections staff are also looking to purchase new electronic book packages in the impacted subject areas before the end of the fiscal year. If you have specific suggestions for new titles for these areas, please submit a list to himmelfarb@gwu.edu.


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