On Friday February 12, the Library’s Hawaiian-Pacific Collection, 3rd Floor, suffered serious water damage after an AC condensate pan in the ceiling dumped 15-20 gallons of accumulated water onto several book shelf ranges. Library staff immediately moved 1,000 volumes to the outside lanai for assessment. Several dozen volumes deemed difficult to replace were transported to the UHM Hamilton Library cold storage facility for freezing. Approximately 700 volumes were left to air dry in our Quiet Study Area over the weekend.
This week, librarians and staff under the direction of Keahiahi Long, Hawaii-Pacific Resources Librarian, and Jue Wang, Technical Services Librarian, will begin the process of assessing the damaged volumes and determining whether titles can be preserved and retained, or must be replaced. The books in cold storage will be evaluated at a later date under the professional guidance of the UHM Libraries Preservation Department.
The Library is taking immediate action to preserve affected materials and will order replacements, as available and necessary, but the short-term impact on students is that approximately one-third of the Hawaiian-Pacific Collection is unavailable. Librarians will make every attempt to locate needed materials, but be aware that H-P materials at the majority of UH System libraries are not available for intra-campus loan so students may need to travel to other campuses for access.
The Library will provide further updates on our collection recovery via this blog. Special thanks to Didier Lenglare and Eileen Cain for their offers of assistance and support in the immediate aftermath and recovery last week.
Mahalo for your understanding and support.