Important information about Reader access

The new gallery’s first exhibition, “Connecting Seas,” has opened. Regular hours will be Tuesday-Friday
and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

There are several procedural changes related to the GRI’s new exhibition space that you should be aware

Single Elevator
There is a new mag stripe reader on the outside of the Plaza single elevator, next to the card reader. To
call this elevator, Readers will need to swipe their badges using this device.

Public Areas
The Plaza Reading Room is open to anyone who is interested in doing research in the library, but not as
an area for general sightseeing. A wooden gate was installed at the bottom of the ramp to help control
access to this area. A sign with library hours was installed, and a Library Closed sign will be added when a
Reference Librarian is not sitting at the desk. Please note: Extended Readers are always welcome to use
this wooden gate entrance/exit at anytime within their normal access hours, regardless of the Library
Closed sign.

Satellite Bookstore
There will be a satellite bookstore in the Plaza Lobby area (to the left as you enter the building), staffed
during gallery hours.

Bag Checks
Bag checks will continue to be necessary for all Staff, Scholars, Interns, Volunteers, Readers, etc. Please
be diligent about stopping by the Reception/Security Desk to do this.

Library Reader Entry/Exit
Since the summer construction, Readers have been able to access the building on L2 (next to the GRI’s
Security Desk), Monday-Friday. We are strongly encouraging Readers to use this entry/exit during the
week due to the increased activity near the Plaza Reception Desk. There is no change to weekend access:
Extended Readers, Staff, Scholars, etc., need to enter/exit the building through the Plaza, since the L2
entry is closed on weekends.

Holiday Closure Dates
The Library will close at 3:00 p.m. on December 24 and will re-open at 9:30 a.m. on January 2. The
Special Collections Reading Room will close at 5:00 p.m. on December 20 and will re-open at 9:30 a.m.
on January 2.

Extended Readers will have access 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. during the break, except for December 25,
December 30, and January 1, when the Library will be closed.