Thun Library to Reopen

Thun Library & Commons will reopen Friday, November 10, at 7:30 a.m.

Dear Students,

First and foremost, I would like to thank you for your patience over the last few weeks during the closure of the Thun Library. Our highest priority is the health and safety of our students, and we have taken every measure and precaution to ensure that all traces of mold have been removed from the library.

I am happy to announce that the Thun Library will reopen on Friday, November 10, at 7:30 a.m. and we will resume our normal hours of operation. Please note that it will take several working days for most of our services to return to their normal operations. We are working diligently to resume normal operations as quickly as possible to minimize any disruption to students. Tonight beginning at 8 pm, our library services currently located in the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building will move back into the Thun library. These services will not be available after 8 p.m. in Gaige.

You may have some questions about how the mold was removed from the library. During the library closure, a number of contractors with expertise in mold mitigation thoroughly cleaned or replaced all of the building contents and surfaces. They used special industrial HEPA filters to "scrub" the air. The HVAC (heating, ventilation and cooling) system components have been cleaned or replaced and then re-commissioned. The commissioning process ensures that all components are working as designed and controlled as specified. The cleaning took place in five zones, each isolated with temporary walls during the process. Each zone was then air tested by an independent laboratory to certify the mold had been successfully addressed before the containment was removed and the space was certified safe to occupy.

Please help us to learn all that we can from this event and better understand the challenges you have faced as students while the library was closed by clicking HERE to fill out a short, three-question feedback form.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

John D. Shank

Head Librarian
Thun Library