Leaking Library

By Marquise Griffin

When it rains it pours: The Upjohn Library Commons has battled a leaky roofs and puddles in the album this quarter due to sustained heavy snowfall.

If anyone was walking around the Upjohn Library during sixth week, you may have noticed the presence of three men on the roof shoveling snow. These men are members of Facilities Management, and their job was to get rid of the excess snow piling up on the roof. Because of the extreme winter combined with the library’s flat roof, snow has been leaking through the roof and into the library.

Stacy Nowicki, Library Director, said that this winter has been “extraordinarily difficult” for the library. “The last winter I remember being this bad was the winter of 2001 and honestly, this winter has been even worse than ’01.”

Nowicki also said she wanted to give recognition to Facilities Management for getting on the roof and literally shoveling snow. “Fac Man has been great with going through the entire building looking for leaks and making sure that none of the material is damaged.”

But despite the leaking and the malfunctioning of one of the large glass doors (one of the doors has a “Do Not Use” sign because it closes very slowly) leading into the library, the building as a whole has been enduring well.

Nowicki mentioned that in addition to snow leaking through the roof, it’s been hard to keep the floors dry and clean, and fireplaces in the library have been unable to ignite. An issue with the heating-cooling system resulted in too much low-pressured air flowing through the building. Nowicki said that Facilities Management also corrected the problem.

She also mentioned that for students studying in the library, Upjohn will continue to be open as long as it’s safe for the library staff to travel.

“The library was closed on the snow days but open on the day we had a late start, and we realize how important it is for students to access the resources we provide so we will continue to monitor the weather to determine it by a case-by-case basis.”

Nowicki added that the building has endured because of the people who’ve endured it. “But I really want to thank students for being so patient about the whole process.”