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Forest Resources Library (FRL)

The Forest Resources Library now has black-and-white laser printing available from all public computers. The print station accepts cash cards only; departmental budget cards or cash will not work. The cost is eight cents per page. The copier and the printer use the same card. For your added convenience, the library has blank cards to which you may add money using the copier.

FRL is pleased to offer faculty an electronic reserves service. The UW Libraries has purchased the ERes software which allows for fair use and copyright by authenticating users with their UW NetID. Students will appreciate being able to access their readings quickly and easily on the Web. Call or email Kathy Gilbert (3-2758; kgilbert@u) if you would like more information about using ERes for your classes.

Items checked out from the Elisabeth Miller Horticultural Library should continue to be returned to FRL. If you have concerns about materials you checked out that may have been damaged or destroyed in the fire, contact the library at 3-2758, or forlib@u.

Miller Library

Books, periodicals, and other materials from the Miller Library were treated during the summer for water, soot, and smoke damage following the June firebombing of Merrill Hall. The treatment included freeze-drying the wet items to remove moisture and prevent mold, placing all items in an ozone chamber for three to four days to remove smoke odor, and careful hand cleaning. The collections began returning from the conservators in mid-July to storage space generously provided by the UW Libraries at their facilities at Sand Point. Unpacking, sorting, and assessing the condition of the collections will continue throughout early Autumn.

Most of the collections will become available again when the Miller Library reopens in interim space in Isaacson Hall at CUH late in Autumn 2001. References services, including the quick reference service Plant Answer Line, will also resume at that time. The rare book collection has been under the care of the Libraries Preservation Office and will be housed by the Manuscripts, Special Collections, and University Archives Division until Merrill Hall is rebuilt.

A redesigned website ( was released in August, featuring additional resources, search options, and updated graphics. The staff has also been continuing many of the normal functions of the library including fundraising, collection development, processing incoming subscriptions, and maintaining contact with library volunteers, loyal patrons, and the many friends who continue to be very supportive during this difficult transition period.

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