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University Library Elevator Repair Project Started in August

September 7, 2023

A graphic that says "I am getting work done"Cal Poly Pomona’s Facilities Planning & Management (FPM) will be repairing Elevators 5 and 6 in the University Library over the next few months. These two public elevators are located adjacent to the Circulation Desk on the 2nd Floor and serve floors 2 through 4 in the newer addition of the building. The project will run for approximately 6 to 8 weeks, and the elevators will be out of service for the start of the Fall Semester. Update 10/30/23: Elevator 5 is now working.

The Library has three additional public elevators available for use in the east portion of the building – these are located in the original building and are near the entrance to the Learning Resource Center on the 2nd Floor and provide public access to Floors 2 through 6.

The Library Escalator is also under repair and is awaiting parts. This repair should be completed in a few weeks. To enter the Library, patrons can take the stairs or use the nearby elevator to get to the 2nd Floor and enter the Library. Update: The escalators are up and running!

In late July and early August, FPM identified issues with both elevators and initiated a plan of action ordering parts and preparing for repair work on both elevators, according to Matthew Whinery, the Senior Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning & Management. FPM will be working with the Contracted vendor, TKE, to have this work completed. The project requires parts to be ordered and trained technicians to be scheduled to complete the work once the parts have arrived. The purchase of parts has been initiated, Whinery stated.

The University Library averages 6,000 to 8,000 people a day during the fall and spring semesters, particularly Monday to Thursday. These two elevators and the three public elevators in the original building allow library visitors to navigate the 6-story, 320,000-square-foot building, one of the largest libraries in the California State University system.

“We understand that these two elevators are the most heavily used elevators in the Library,” said Pat Hawthorne, University Library Dean. “Most students, faculty, and staff visiting the library use these elevators as they are near the main entrance. We know this will inconvenience many library patrons while the project is underway, however, we ask for patience,” Hawthorne said. The Library has developed signage to direct library patrons to the bank of elevators in the original building and to alert visitors about the work in progress.

Hawthorne noted that wait times for the three available public elevators will increase during busy times. “We hope patrons who are able will consider using the stairs, particularly if they are only going up or down one floor.”

The Library will continue to provide up-to-date information on the project as it becomes available.

If you have any questions or concerns about the elevator repair in the University Library, please contact Facilities at fmcustomer@cpp.edu