Students have often reported that the temperatures in the library can be very cool in summer and very warm in winter. The library and university are addressing this situation with a summer construction project to upgrade the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and cooling) system in the Bender building. AU’s Facilities Management office will work to improve temperature consistency and to save energy.
Library users may be slightly affected by the construction, which will be done overnight and began Monday, May 13. The work is expected to last for eight weeks and will begin on the library’s third floor and continue downward floor-by-floor. The areas, which may experience uncomfortably warm or cool temperatures, will be cordoned off. This will also protect visitors from any materials that may have been dislodged from the ceilings during the process. Books located in these areas may be retrieved by visiting the Borrowing Desk on the first floor.
Library staff members are taking all measures to ensure this project affects visitors as little as possible. Please contact the Information Desk in the lobby with any questions or comments at 202-885-3232.