Students, faculty push to keep Dartmouth College music library open

Posted on: March 2, 2021

“In the wake of the College’s Feb. 16 announcement that Kresge Physical Sciences Library and Paddock Music Library will permanently close at the end of the academic year, students, faculty and staff have pushed back on the decision, citing impacts on accessibility to collections and the lack of input,” writes Arielle Beak in (2/26) The Dartmouth, student newspaper of Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH). “On Feb. 22, music department chair William Cheng penned an open letter … criticizing the College’s ‘ambush strategy’ of closing Paddock Library before notifying faculty. The letter is included in a document soliciting testimonials from Dartmouth community members … the document is over 120 pages long.… According to the College, the decision stemmed from a structural financial deficit.… According to Dean of Libraries Sue Mehrer … there has been a 35% decrease in the circulation of materials in the library system overall.… High-use material … will be relocated to Baker-Berry Library … and the rest of the libraries’ collections will be stored … off-site … available by request…. Music major Zack Olsen ‘21 … [said] ‘They have these big, complete work editions of all the famous composers, like hundreds of scores that are very big and unwieldy’ [that] are used ‘very frequently’ by students working within the library.”