Edit ModuleShow Tags

How To Move a Library in 38 Days

The Central Library is moving eight blocks. The action starts June 17. And it’s going to take a village.


Published:

How To Move a Library Illustration

Click the photo above to view a larger version.

What’s next for the old digs? TBD! Whether real estate developers snatch it up or it’s used as storage for police evidence, no one can touch the exterior of the building or the mosaic on the sidewalk. They’re LANDMARKS!

Two-thirds of the collection has been housed in the basement, since they ran out of room years ago. Before the move, the basement books need to be “inter-filed” with the books that were on the shelves so that when they unload, everything will be in the right order.

The rare books are WRAPPED INDIVIDUALLY IN TISSUE and placed vertically, binding side down, in foam-lined cartons. Two hundred pieces of art will be moved as well.

Found! A Colonial Collectible
The library owns a 12-volume, original bound version of the  writings of George Washington, 1837.

Pack it up: A Seuss sketch
An Army Service Forces poster shows a mosquito and warns of malaria. The drawing, This is Ann (1943), is by the man who would come to be known as Dr. Seuss.

Fragile! Delicate papers
The library keeps historical San Diego newspapers. The Herald dates back to 1851; The Union, 1868; the Evening Tribune, 1895.

DON'T LOSE THIS TINY TREASURE!
The World’s Smallest Book (at the time of purchase) is about the size of a microchip.

Illinois-based moving company Hallett specializes in moving libraries and has consulted on jobs from Scotland to Qatar. For the Central Library job, 23 movers and drivers will use just two trucks.

A second moving company handles the furniture. All-new computers will arrive from vendors. A third moving company, ArtWorks, will transport the rare items.

RARE BIBLES ON BOARD!
In 2007, the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit borrowed the Central Library’s 14 unusual bibles.

The fill rate is the percentage you’ll fill a particular shelf. The rest is left empty for future growth or for books currently checked out. San Diego’s fill rate is generous—about 65 percent. That’s a lot of wiggle room!

IN THE ARCHIVES
In lieu of a voter registration, men wrote their birthdate and -place, and even visible scars, in The Great Register, 1892. Library visitors use it for genealogy research.

No conveyor belts needed!
Three hundred dollies will carry 300 transporters (tri-wall corrugated containers). Each transporter holds 9 linear feet of books, and will cycle back once unloaded.

The new library will have SEVEN FLOORS (plus two for a charter high school). Initially, there will be 147,704 linear feet of shelving.

The new library was 30 years in the making. Architect Rob Quigley says he was a young man when the project began.

The new Central Library will open September 28, 2013

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

Behind the Scenes Video: Making the June Issue

Our creative team visits San Diego's top restaurants to photograph all the dishes you should be eating now

Can Time Go Backwards?

Local prof goes Through the Wormhole

Mother’s Day 2015

Where to take Mom for brunch on May 10, plus spa specials and art/nature events
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Vote now: Best Restaurants 2015
    From best chefs to top tacos, you choose San Diego's best eats and drinks in 63 categories
  2. San Diego's Top 50 Trails
    From hiking the foothills to biking the beach, this is a city made for exploring outdoors. Here’s our latest, greatest checklist of trails we love—some in your own backyard
  3. Win a 5-night Hawaiian vacation
    Win a 5-night stay for two at Halekulani
  4. The Best of North County 2015
    Our annual homage to the newest restaurants, shops, and activities keeping the region above I-56 the cool place it is—haute strip malls, million-dollar tract homes, and all!
  5. FIRST LOOK: Duck Foot Brewing Co.
    Inside San Diego's first "gluten-free" craft beer operation
  6. Anthony's Out at Embarcadero?
    After 60 years, it looks like Anthony's Fish Grotto might be out in The Embarcadero. That means 31,608 square feet of prime, landmark restaurant space in San Diego is up for grabs. Our bet is...
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.

La Jolla Music Society Events

The La Jolla Music Society's 2015 Calendar
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Win a 5-night Hawaiian vacation

Win a 5-night stay for two at Halekulani

Everything is Just Two Wheels Away

Get ready to GO by BIKE!
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags