the two most distinctive physical features of the Regenstein
Library are the façade reminiscent of a storm-trooper
bunker in The Empire Strikes Back and the blue, green, and retina-burning
orange carpet that has tickled many a bare foot since 1970 when
the building first opened.
façade will remain for the life of the building, but
this summer the carpeting that has survived more than three
decades of late-night cram sessions, with only a minor patch
job in the mid-1980s, is being replaced throughout the library
(except the faculty wing, which is undergoing other work at
the moment). And of course it's all documented on the Internet.
the effort began June 11, the University of Chicago Library
Web site (www.lib.uchicago.edu)
has maintained a page devoted to the $1 million recarpeting
project, which is scheduled for completion in late August. On
the Web site you can see the day-to-day carpet installation
schedule, check out how the Library will reorganize the newly
covered floor space, and even see carpet samples.
those who just have to come to campus, take off their shoes,
and try it themselves, there is a 90-square-yard mock-up of
the new carpet in the northeast corner of the A-level reading
room. Tactile representations, of course, are not available
on the Web site. -C.S.
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