Moving matters

Archives storage room

Archives storage room nearing completion.

I’m excited to update everyone that the GSR is starting to take shape in the renovated Main Library building!

Our Archives storage area is nearing completion.  We have been busy washing shelves in anticipation of the eventual return of the archival collection from off-site storage. It will be like an old friend returning home.  The collection will be returning in stages – so we may not have all archival collections back in the building when the Main Branch re-opens.  If you are looking to view an archival collection when we re-open, it would be best to email or call ahead to make sure everything that you are looking for is in-house and accessible.

The other news is that our rare book shelving has been installed and staff are beginning the process of unpacking and shelving 139 boxes of books (the bulk of our MRARE collection). It’s bit of a daunting task, but one which has been a been a good opportunity to do book record updates, mending and other housekeeping items.

The local history office and public reading rooms are still “under construction”.  We are anxiously awaiting their completion and being able to move in collections, equipment and furniture. I’ll post photos once we have possession of these areas.

While we are working on the move of the GSR, we may not be able to reply to emails and process Soldier Card Project biographies and transcriptions in a timely manner.  We ask for your patience and understanding during the upcoming month – there’s lots of work to do before the re-opening (for which there is no date yet given). We’ll try to keep cards, emails, biographies, transcriptions and replies flowing as best as we can.

I am looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the GSR – soon!

Cheers, Karen



Well, that was fast… the GSR is now packed away

Empty GSR

Empty GSR

What do they say? Something about best laid plans… As with any large move, there are always changes.  In the interests of organizing the shelving and move into the new GSR room, the movers and the move coordinators made the decision to box the reading room collection late this week.  As you can see, the shelving  was also removed.

The end result is that I no longer have access to the resources of the GSR, including the microfilms as the readers have been moved to a staging area.

If you have queries, please be aware that I may not be able to answer until after we re-open in our final location.  I do have a few Vernon’s directories tucked away for Solider Card research queries and have access to our online databases and the vertical files (for the time being).

It’s been an exciting time as the new GSR takes shape and the Library begins its transformation. I am sure that everyone will be amazed at the changes.  I’ll  post more photos as the work progresses.  Stay tuned!

Cheers, Karen

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The GSR is on the move again… into our final location!

GSR moving

The GSR is getting ready to move!

It’s official! – the Main Branch of the Kitchener Public Library will be closed on or about March 24, 2014 for approximately 2 months for the move into our newly renovated building.  The Grace Schmidt Room will not be open to the public during the Main Branch’s 2 months closure. While I’ll miss seeing our researchers, I’ll be busy with the move of the GSR into its final location.  The closure of the library will allow for the completion of renovations and removal of our temporary offices and work spaces.  I look forward to being reunited with the archival collection, which has been off-site since our move into the addition back in February 2013.

If you have information that you are seeking from the GSR during this time, you can email me, but I cannot guarantee a prompt reply as collections may become inaccessible due to the work being carried out and the move of furniture, equipment and people.  I’ll do my best to reply, but the move will take precedence as we are working to have the building open as soon as possible.

Our archival collections will be returning in stages, so we may not have everything back by the time of the Main Branch re-opening. If there is something specific that you are seeking, please email me after the re-opening so we can verify the item of interest is available.

Please note that the KPL Soldier Card Project will continue during the closure. We will be doing our best to get cards distributed for research and transcription.