Some of the art collection is already housed in the Olin Library, since the Art Library reached capacity in the mid 1990s.
In addition to the lack of space and separation of the collection, Joseph Siry, Chair of Art and Art History Department, cited the current library’s lack of air conditioning, which can be harmful to the books.
However students and staff both expressed concerns that removing the books would make them less accessible to students working in the studio space and professors using them in classes. “It’s kind of like removing the lab from [the science] department,” said Art Librarian Susanne Javorski.
Students and staff also expressed concerns about losing the library as a community center for art students. The committee in charge of making a final recommendation to the administration hopes to create a similar space within the Olin library, but that depends on the main library’s weeding enough books and moving enough offices to create a contiguous space to house the art collection.
The administration has not yet chosen among the proposals submitted for repurposing the Art Library space.