Part 7: Circulation Desk and Surrounding Portraits

Part 7: Circulation Desk and Surrounding Portraits
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The circulation desk, located at the entrance of the Main Stacks, is managed by the Central Access Services Division of the Library. Here, you can check out items from the Main Stacks, pick up interlibrary loan items, get help with your library account, request a courtesy card if you are not affiliated with the University, and, if you’re a graduate student, request a study carrel.

To the left of the circulation desk is a portrait of Robert B. Downs painted by Mary Phelean. Robert B. Downs became library dean in 1943. By the end of his tenure in 1971, he had acquired 120 of the Library’s 177 special research collections, and the Library had become the third largest in the nation.

To the right of the circulation desk is a portrait of Hugh C. Atkinson, painted again by Mary Phelean and recognizable by his eye patch. Hugh Atkinson arrived as university librarian in 1976. Facing a filing backlog of nearly a million catalog cards, Atkinson steered the library into the world of automation.

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