As part of the Maps Department makeover this summer, an abatement team is removing asbestos tiles. They will remove the old tiles and glue/mastic. The mastic removal utilizes a citrusy-smelling chemical. Though the space has been well ventilated to the outside, the odor is still present throughout the lower levels of the Main Library. The abatement project is scheduled to be completed by Thursday, June 25 (tomorrow).
Currently Maps Department staff, Mary McInroy and Paula Balkenende are working from the Information Arcade on the first floor of the Main Library. The map cases have been moved into the hallways and government publications reading room on the third floor.
If you have questions or need assistance with the Map Collection, please contact Mary and Paula via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).