On August 26th Central Missouri's Board of Governors approved the recommendation to hire National Library Relocations, Inc. of Central Islip, New York for the library move. The recommendation was made by Library Services' New Building Transition Team (NBTT) in cooperation with the university's Purchasing department. National Library Relocations, Inc. was considered the best company based on two separate evaluation processes. Not only did they submit the lowest bid, but they were deemed most qualified based on their proposed moving methodology and a thorough reference check. NLR will move the library collections and designated furnishings and equipment.
The library move will take place in March 1999. Hopes to move during the December 1998 semester break proved to be overly optimistic. The official library dedication is scheduled for March 24. Governor Carnahan has been invited for the opening festivities.
A representative from National Library Relocations, Inc. visited campus on September 17-18 to discuss initial moving plans with both the architects and the library's New Building Transition Team. Discussions included move dates, furnishings, hours of operation, security during the move, item tagging and labeling, crew size, and collection integration issues.
Some existing furniture will be reused in non-public areas. The new building will also contain considerable new and custom-made furniture. The bidding process for this job is still underway.
The move is estimated to take 15-17 days. NLR will try to maximize usage of the new building's elevators by creating two move crews working different shifts. The crews will be moving an estimated 60 semi loads of materials, representing an average of 60,000 items per day.