Local History CLOSED Thursday & Friday, February 19-20

under constructionThe Local History & Genealogy Division will be closed for renovations on Thursday, February 19, and Friday, February 20. The division will reopen to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 21.

The renovations will accommodate the new Walter F. Becker Digital History Center, giving patrons access to state-of-the-art scanning equipment and other digital technologies. The new center will include seven ScanPro digital microfilm/microfiche readers, as well as a variety of photo and document scanners, all of which will be available for use for free. In addition, the new center will include an audiovisual collaboration station where patrons can work together on projects or listen to or view audio or video materials.

The division’s layout will be modified to provide a single point of service for patrons, as the formerly separate reference and vital records desks will be combined at a central location. In addition, patrons will find comfortable and roomier new computer desks and chairs.

Equipment installation will take place in phases over the next few weeks. Patrons will continue to have access to databases and microfilm readers throughout this process.

Thank you for your patience! We hope the final product will make any inconvenience worthwhile.

— Christine L. Ridarsky, Historical Services Consultant

Published in: on February 16, 2015 at 1:18 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. I hope you keep a couple of the old microfilm readers. They are much faster when just scanning newspapers,etc

    • Never fear–by popular demand, we’ll be keeping one reader/printer for patron use!

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