Heads UP! Major Sprinkler System Work in Fenwick

Significant interior construction work – installing a new sprinkler system on each floor in the existing B&C Wings of Fenwick Library – will take place all summer in Fenwick Library. This new system integrates with the Fenwick Addition and brings the existing Fenwick Library towers into compliance with current building code.

What are they doing in Fenwick? The construction work involves moving furniture, covering book stacks, removing ceiling tiles, installing piping, connecting the sprinklers to fire alarm systems, testing the system, and then replacing the ceiling tiles. The last part of this project is to install a fire suppression system in Special Collections & Archives.

What does this mean for me? Public access to book collections and study rooms/spaces on specific floors in Fenwick Library will be disrupted and will not be permitted as the construction crew works through each floor during the summer. Data Services Lab and staff are temporarily relocated while Floor 1, Wing C is under construction.

How do I get what I need from a closed floor in Fenwick? Library staff will be permitted to access the restricted areas daily to pull books for users. If a user needs a book located in a restricted area, s/he will be instructed to complete an ILLiad document delivery request form.

  • Library staff will pull requested book(s) daily and place the book(s) on hold at Fenwick’s main service desk, and
  • Send an email informing the user when the item is available.
  • Users should also check the Mason Classic Catalog or inPrimo for available e-books.
  • Please note: there will be no access to Special Collections & Archives services or its collections during most of August.

The company’s sprinkler installation plan does not proceed in sequential order from floor to floor and it is possible that unforeseen circumstances may cause delays in the work schedule. Library staff are striving to minimize the impact on library services at Fenwick. We are very grateful for your understanding and cooperation as we proceed through this important project. Please contact Diane Smith, Associate University Librarian, with questions or concerns (dsmith36@gmu.edu or 703-993-3716)

When will floors be unavailable to the public?
Call Numbers Affected Dates Closed Floor(s)
A – E June 17 – July 8 1B & 2B
F – HF5419 July 1 – July 22 3B
HF5420 – JZ June 3 – June 23 3C
K July 1 – July 22 4B
L May 19 – June 9 1C
N, P – PN1995 July 1 – July 22 4B
PN1996 – PS June 3 – June 23 4C
PT – QL July 16 – August 5 5B
QM – Z July 23 – August 26 5C
Special Collections July 23 – August 26 2C


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