Fifteen years ago, June 1, 1998 we started moving into The MacPhaidin Library. It is difficult now to picture all the empty book shelves, unused tables, empty offices and brightly colored, plastic wrapped furniture. And then we started to fill the place…
Books, bound periodicals and U.S. Government Documents were scheduled to be moved in those first two weeks. The college hired an outside company to move the entire collection, including the 10,000 volumes temporarily housed in the Student Union. Due to the proximity of the former Cushing-Martin Library and the new library, the plan was to load up the book bins, roll them out the back door of the C-ML, up the sidewalk and into the front door of the new library.
All books were being moved in tall, wooden bins, with shelves that were open on the side. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. After 3 days the rains came and then it rained or poured for the better part of the next 10 days. Those open- sided book bins were not built to protect the books from water. Plastic sheeting helped a bit, but the crew finally decided to come back later in the month to finish the job. June 1998 was one of the dampest in memory, and one the Library staff will never forget.
On July 7 we opened the doors for limited access to materials. The true “opening” for most of us was the first day of classes in the fall, when we all delighted in the students’ reaction to their new library.