McKeldin Library's fifth floor closed until further notice
The fifth floor of McKeldin Library is closed until further notice to contain
and address a mold outbreak.
Mold weakens the paper and binding of books
and therefore contributes to their deterioration. Mold is generally not harmful
to people, but those with known allergies or sensitivities should stay away.
Staff members have volunteered to shift books away from moisture-dense
ventilation ducts and to remove duplicate book copies, both to improve airflow
on the floor and to reduce cleaning costs. Once the environment of the floor is
stabilized, contractors will clean the entire area wiping each shelf with an
antifungal solution and by wiping and vacuuming each book. There are about
200,000 books shelved on the library's fifth floor.
numbers affected are G-HU Stacks and G-HU Folio.
**Request books through
UMD. Use the campuswide book paging service within WorldCat UMD
and books will be pulled from the shelves and delivered to McKeldin or any
branch library, usually within 12 to 24 hours.