10.0593 Fawcett Library news

WILLARD MCCARTY (willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 20:25:43 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 593.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: Deian Hopkin <hopkin@lgu.ac.uk> (66)
Subject: Fawcett Library update


Many thanks for all the support we have received. Over
350 emails have arrived and we are gradually answering
them. They will be edited into a continuous volume.
At the same time, some 30 MPs so far have replied and
only 2 have expressed no interest. The others have
been amazingly supportive with some classic, highly
publishable, letters of support from leading women (and
men) politicians. This is all very encouraging, and we are
extremely grateful to the very many correspondents who have
said such wonderful things about the project.

However, clouds still gather. On 13 January, as
the snows melted in the UK, there was another small
flood in the Fawcett. This time, it was caused by a
burst water main along the street. There was nothing
we could do to stop it because the water came in under the
floor of the Library.

The Disaster Plan worked immediately and there was
absolutely no damage to the books, archives etc. But as the
attached notice shows, there was disruption and the Library
is, we regret, closed for at least a couple of weeks while
damage to the floors are assessed and the books and other
collections protected. The issue of humidity is important
here, as I am sure Humanist subscribers will know. So, the
Library is still intact but the service has been suspended
for no longer, we hope, than the end of the month.

All this strengthens the case for the new Fawcett
library. I will keep you informed of further
developments, but also let you know when we have
arranged a special internet site for news of the

With best wishes for 1997


Deian R Hopkin
Vice Provost
London Guildhall University
31 Jewry Street
London EC3N 2EY

Tel 0171 320 1129
fax 0171 320 3018
(home) hopkin@btinternet.com


The Fawcett Library has been temporarily closed
to personal visitors, due to flooding caused by a
burst water main in Tyne Street, the street
adjacent to the Library. There has been no
damage to library materials, but repairs and
refurbishments to the fabric of the building will
have to be carried out before we can re-open
again to personal visitors.

We will let you know as soon as possible when the
Library will re-open.

In the meantime, our enquiry service is
operating normally.

Please contact us as follows:

The Fawcett Library
London Guildhall University
Calcutta House
Old Castle Street
E1 7NT

Telephone 0171-320 1189
Fax 0171-320 1188
Email doughan@lgu.ac.uk