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Baker Renovations Begin in Summer 2003

Starting this summer, the Baker Library building at Harvard Business School (HBS) will undergo a complete renovation that will result in the redevelopment of the building as the Baker Library/Academic Center. In addition to the library itself, the renovated Baker building will provide office space for faculty and their assistants, for research associates, and for other staff who support research, teaching, and curriculum development. The goals of the renovation are:

  • to strengthen the intellectual community at HBS;
  • to create a place where faculty, students, alumni/ae, and outside scholars can come together to build knowledge; and
  • to stimulate interaction and collaboration by increasing access to each other and to sources of information.

The Baker Library/Academic Center is expected to open for the fall 2005 semester.

To prepare for the renovation—which will entail the temporary relocation of every aspect of the library operation—Baker's staff and its collections have been relocating gradually since the fall semester of 2000.

Library Technical Services and "Old Class" Collection
Late in 2000, Technical Services and Baker's "Old Class" collection were the first to move, occupying a facility about one-quarter mile from the HBS campus that is known as "Baker Library @ North Harvard." Baker Library @ North Harvard is open by appointment only.

Working Knowledge
In January 2003, the staff of HBS Working Knowledge moved to 25 Travis Street, also about one-quarter mile from the HBS campus.

Historical Collections
In March and April, the Historical Collections staff and holdings will move to Baker Library @ North Harvard—a move that is expected to take about six weeks. Historical Collections will be closed to the public for about one month during this time.

The Baker administration will move to Humphrey House on the HBS campus in mid May.

From late May to mid June, the main stacks collections will be moved to Baker Library @ North Harvard. Library staff will make every effort to locate items for patrons throughout this move.

Reading Room and Business Information Services
The last day the library will be open in the Baker Library building is Friday, June 6. Beginning on Monday, June 9, the Reading Room collections and Business Information Services Center will be relocated to the first floor of Kresge Hall.

Though the Business Information Services Center will be closed to the public for two weeks at this time, the staff will make every effort toprovide services to patrons with urgent needs. The Business Information Services Center plans to open for business in Kresge Hall on June 23. The hours of operation will remain the same as they are now. Everyone who can use Baker Library now will continue to be able to use it during the renovation project.

Baker will install a card-swipe entry system in Kresge that will be programmed to accept all Harvard ID cards. For patrons who are not members of the Harvard community, library staff will issue access cards that will work with the card-swipe system.

Collection Locations
The following collections, currently located on the third floor of Baker Library, will be in the Business Information Services Center on the first floor of Kresge for the duration of the renovation:

  • an expanded Core book collection, including all the new books;
  • current periodicals and newspapers;
  • Reference Collection;
  • HBS Working Papers;
  • Career Resources Collection;
  • microfilm and microfiche (and the readers and printers needed to use them); and
  • recreational reading collection and audio books.

Less frequently used books and all of the bound journals currently in the Baker stacks will be housed at Baker Library @ North Harvard during the renovation. Access to these collections will be according to these guidelines:

  • General collections materials will be recalled to Kresge for use during this period.
  • On request, library staff will deliver general collections items that can be checked out and copies of articles from the bound journals to HBS faculty and staff in their offices, to HBS doctoral students in their workspaces, and to the mailboxes of MBA students who live on campus.
  • Reseachers who need to browse the general collections books and bound journals at Baker Library @ North Harvard should make appointments through the Business Information Services Center at Kresge. Browsing hours are from Monday through Friday between noon and 4 pm.
  • The Business Information Services Center will continue to provide the full range of services it provides now, in addition to the retrieval and delivery services described above.
  • Historical Collections material will be available by appointment at the Historical Collections Reading Room at Baker Library @ North Harvard.

For more information, contact Pat Johnson, Baker's director of administrative and technical services, at or 6-5742).

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