Thun Library Closure [Updated]

Due to emergency maintenance the Thun Library & Commons will be closed until further notice.

The detection of suspected mold last week in some books in the Thun Library on the campus of Penn State Berks has caused a temporary closure of the facility as University Environmental Health and Safety officials and an outside firm look into the issue.

No samples from the library have yet been taken or tested to confirm the official presence of mold, but after what was believed to be mold was detected in books in the Special Collections and Archives sections of the library, the facility was closed and a remediation firm was contracted. The firm will test to determine if mold is in fact present and to remediate the issue. The campus also has hired an environmental testing firm to perform air and surface wipe samples after the remediation firm conducts its work.

None of the books suspected to have mold have been allowed in circulation. The possible presence of mold in books can occur when humidity in the facility is not adequately controlled. Thun Library is undergoing a thorough evaluation, including the ventilation system.  University Library Preservation and Restoration Services is also involved in providing guidance on cleaning the affected books.

Officials said the work is being conducted as quickly as possible to get the library back on line for campus use.  No timeline has been given. 

To keep up to date on the building closure please visit

Facilities normally housed in the library have been relocated across campus as follows:

The IT Student Helpdesk is being relocated to Gaige for the remainder of this week.

CLT staff are using Gaige 311 as their temporary office this week.

Despite the Thun Library closure there is still research assistance available!  Ask a Librarian chat and email services are available online here:

The Thun Library Research Coaches will also be on campus to help! Brett and Alex will be available for in-person, drop in research assistance at the Writing Center in Franco from 10:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday. We will be open Fridays from 9-6 for walk-in tutoring help until the library re-opens. If you would like to set up a specific time to meet, please email and to schedule a consultation.

The closing of the library has impacted the availability of our Media Commons editing facilities, One Button Studio, Whisper Room, borrowing of cameras and equipment, and availability of our Media Commons Help Desk. Please consult your professor if this affects a current project.

Circulation, Course Reserves, Interlibrary Loan and Media Commons resources have moved to end of the hallway in Gaige opposite the engineering lab. Like Harry Potter we are housed beneath the stairwell (Z103).

Until the Media Commons audio/video editing facilities and One Button Studio in the library are able to reopen, here are some options for creating multimedia projects to share with your students:

Mac Computers for audio/video editing

Bring an external storage device to back up projects. Media Commons storage space is not available.
  • Franco 147 (Berks Beat office) - One Mac (with help staff) during scheduled hours
  • Franco 141 (Writing Center) - One Mac available (M-TH 10-4, FRI 9-6)
Media Commons Help Staff (Temporary Office)
  • Franco 147 (Berks Beat office) - Media Commons Help Staff available during scheduled hours
  • Media Commons Hotline 866-266-7496 - Hours: Mon-Thu 9a-9p, Fri 9a-5p, Sa 10a-6p, Su 1p-9p
Media Commons Equipment to borrow
  • Cameras, microphones, tripods available at temporary library center in Gaige Lobby
Web-Based Video Editing
Video Editing Apps 
Apps for basic audio/video editing on a mobile device
  • iOS: iMovie app or GarageBand app
  • Android: Free Video Editor or Adobe Premiere Clip
One Button Studio

Please do not return books or movies at this time - we don't have a space to store these materials at this time.  I am asking you to renew these books online through the CAT, and we will not be charging any late fees during this time.

When not hosting classes, the following computer rooms in Luerssen and Gaige will be available for general student use. The availability schedule will be posted next to each room and updated as schedules change.  Further information regarding computer locations on campus will be posted on digital signage. 

L120    L210     G204    G205    G206    G208    G209    G249

We are creating an online suggestions box so that you can voice your questions and concerns while the library is closed. Information will follow once it has been established.