The Final Countdown!

March is here (cold and rainy though it may be) and with its arrival comes the realization that we are moving next month! Goodbye sweet Pearle Warehouse; hello brand new, clean, safe Hollings Library.

At the end of April, SCPC will shut down for a few days (specific dates TBA just as soon as we know for sure) and emerge ready for business in the new Hollings Library attached to Thomas Cooper. Check out up-to-date pics of the construction.

Here is our countdown chain (of sorts) to the day we hope the move starts. Rare Books, with whom we’ll share the Hollings Library, will go first; we follow them.

In the meantime, we are busily prepping all that we’ve collected over the years so that the move is as easy as possible. We’re labeling, ordering, gathering, inventorying, assessing, and many other “ings.”

Here, we’ve brought together objects that might go on display in the new building…


This means emptier shelves elsewhere like in our reading room…trust me, there used to be a whole lot more on these shelves.


Our paper and AV material is all safely stored away in ordered, labeled, and inventoried boxes, ready to be moved. But, we have a lot of other items that defy placement in mere boxes and tend to spread themselves around the warehouse without telling us! To combat this, we have created “Scrapbookville,” “Oversizedfolderland,” “Knick-Knack Alley” and “Art Rack Lane” (here, a wall slowly empties, as items move to Art Rack Lane).

Other items resist this level of organization, understandably. A car hood. Massive political signs. Banners. It’s a lot to move! But rest assured, it will all get moved safely, and soon you’ll be able to visit us and all of our valued material in our new, roomy, temp-controlled, and environmentally-friendly space.

Looking forward to the end of April! Continue to keep those fingers crossed.

–contributed by Lori Schwartz

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