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(Apr 24/17) It seems like about 80% of suggestions on here deal with temperature issues. From what I
gather the solution isnt as easy as setting a thermostat on the building, but rather that
a/c and heating switch on and off at different times in the year. This doesnt seem to make
any sense - some April days are very warm but a/c doesnt kick in until May? Isnt it
painfully inefficient to be pumping warm air into an entire library when its already 20
degrees outside? Is there somewhere we could make a formal request or submit a petition for
the university to update our heating/cooling systems? (if that is in fact the problem) Thank
you.

Library response:

Good morning. Thanks for your submission.

This is a tricky time of the year, where the outside temperatures move between cold and hot, and sometimes back to cold again.

The campus switches from steam heating to cooling once in the spring, and back again in the fall. This switchover started to take place on campus a week or so ago when the temperatures appeared to be more like summer than spring. Some of the libraries have been switched over already, but not all. It takes quite a bit of time to make this switch,

Once the switch has happened, it cannot be reversed. Likewise it may remain warm in some buildings until the switch has happened.

The campus is looking at upgrading their equipment to give them better control over the systems in general, but I think the heat or cooling issue will remain.

Good luck on the rest of your exams.

(Apr 25/17)
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services)

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