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Welcome to the Lewis Music Library student manual.
Included in this manual is information on emergencies, shifts & timesheets, opening/closing Lewis, circulation, equipment at Lewis, and finding help in answering reference questions. You may always ask Laura, Caleb, or Avery any time for assistance. Our cell phones are provided here.
Our React Pak (disaster response kit) is a plastic crate on the reserve shelves, bottom shelf.
The Wet Book Kit is a clear zip-top envelope kept in the green metal holder on the circulation counter. It contains instructions and bags of various sizes, including large ones for wet scores. In a pinch, a "rainy day" MIT Libraries plastic bag could be used to isolate a wet volume.
There is a very loud alarm on the fire door by the Audio Lab. Call Campus Police to alert them, and then email muslib.
The Security gate alarm will go off:
if you forgot to desensitize a book or score
if the user forgot to check them out
if items from another library weren't checked out properly
if a textbook or paperback owned by the user has a security strip (they're often published that way)
Check the items; if you can't find a reason, thank the user and let them go.
Phone use, in case of emergency:
Ours is not a public phone. However, MIT Police and MIT Facilities (Physical Plant) employees are allowed to use any Institute telephone.
If a user insists that there is an emergency, make sure they are trying to reach MIT Police and then dial 100 for them. There is also a "blue phone" just outside our building which connects directly to MIT Police.
Updated 10/15/21 cg
For Help, contact:
Audio Lab, listening equipment, music software on the iMacs: ask or email Caleb and Laura
Binding and repair things or ordering questions: ask Laura
Circulation, Reserves, student schedule and payroll: ask Laura
Emailing muslib is the fastest way to alert everyone what's going on
If there is a question of Lewis Music Library policies, it may be documented in this guide. You may also call Avery or Laura at the numbers below. Never feel that you need to argue with patrons about our policies. Use email if you just want to tell us about something.