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BEST Library first floor closes permanently in Laws Hall; services move to King

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A Farewell to BEST

After nearly a decade of serving Miami University’s Oxford campus, B.E.S.T. Library is permanently closing in Laws Hall.

The majority of its books, journals, and other physical materials will remain in the basement of Laws Hall for the foreseeable future, where Libraries staff can retrieve them for students, faculty, and staff as needed. The most frequently-accessed parts of the collection will move to King Library, as will all other services and staff.

Consolidation of services and staff emerged as a major theme of the Libraries’ Master Plan developed in 2017. As emerging university programs continue to grow — and since measures to safeguard the community from the covid-19 pandemic require additional classroom space — the Libraries see an opportunity to progress toward its strategic facilities plan while also supporting the needs of the campus as a whole.

Students, faculty, and staff can request items held in the basement of Laws Hall through the Libraries’ website and pick them up at either King Library, Amos Music Library, or Wertz Art and Architecture Library this fall when they reopen to the Miami community.

An illustrated Miami University campus map with King Library, Alumni Hall, and the Center for Performing Arts highlighted, along with text alongside each building indicating King LIbrary, Wertz Art & Architecture Library, and Amos Music Library respectively.