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University of Iowa News Release

May 6, 2004

Main Library's South Entrance To Be Closed For Renovations This Summer

The South Entrance of the University of Iowa Main Library will be closed this summer to rebuild the crumbling 30-year-old plaza that is only partly accessible to disabled persons. The construction will begin on Friday, May 21, and is expected to be complete by mid-August. The North Entrance will remain open during the Main Library's regular summer hours.

The current bridges and ramps will be replaced with a ramp providing access to Madison Street. A second ramp will direct pedestrians to the corner of Madison and College streets. Both ramps will be wheelchair accessible. Crumbling brick will be removed, and all bricks will be tuck pointed. New lights will be installed, the front steps and planters will be replaced and new handrails will be mounted. In addition, new sidewalks along Madison and College will be constructed, and new park benches will be installed.

"This renovation will significantly improve the look and accessibility of the South Entrance," says Larry Woods, UI Libraries director of facilities. "We have been working with the Facilities Services Group and the architects of Shive-Hattery to re-design this space."

Madison and College streets will remain open during construction, however the sidewalks on both streets adjacent to the library building will be closed. Access to the Main Library's loading dock will not be restricted. The interior of the Main Library will not be affected by this renovation.

Funding for this project comes from the Facilities Services Group budget, which is responsible for the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of academic and administrative support buildings, most campus grounds, and all utility systems.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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