Long Hours and Law Books: TU Law Library Prepares for Move Into New Home

Monday, December 20, 1999

Published on 12/20/99

For some students and staff members at The University of Tulsa, the best present they can hope for this holiday season is a massage. That’s because this crew of about 30 will be working 12-hour days January 3 through the 17 relocating the TU Law Library.

Hallett Movers, a library moving firm headquartered in Chicago, will oversee a TU crew that will be pulling together the law library collection, which has been spread out in five locations across campus for a year, and moving all the materials into the new Legal Information Center and the renovated law library.

Movers will be packing, moving, unpacking, cleaning and reshelving books as well as furniture.

Around 300,000 volumes and 24 library staff members will be glad to move into their new home, which is a $10.4 million three-story addition to John Rogers Hall, home of the TU College of Law. The 28,000-square-foot addition will increase the library space by more than 50 percent. As part of the construction plan, the existing library facility has undergone renovations and the library’s special collections have been enhanced.

The new center will feature innovative tools for collecting and disseminating legal information, including new CD-ROM collections, Internet access, LEXIS-NEXIS and WESTLAW, leading databases for legal research and other multimedia technologies. The new compact shelving is designed to house the growing hard-copy collection, and will permit the housing to nearly double.

“The new and renovated spaces will be rich with technology,” says Toni Forrester, one of the Legal Information Center’s librarians. “We invested lots of energy, time and resources into getting technology into the building.”

Hallett is a family-owned business, and it is one of only a few moving companies that specialize in library moves. The company assisted with TU’s move out of the old library. Hallett has a special system for library moves that maintains the order of the books, even though they are spread out across campus. When Hallett finishes overseeing the move, the library will be ready to open.

The new facility is scheduled to open January 17. Though primarily for TU College of Law students, the library is also open to the community on a subscription basis. Many Tulsa-area lawyers use the resources, and the new high-tech center will be beneficial to the Tulsa legal community as well as TU.

The move will begin bright and early on January 3, and will continue until the work is done.