The School of Law is continuing preparations to enroll its first students in fall 2001. Among the major undertakings is the development of a library to serve law students and faculty. After thorough exploration of possible sites, the only viable location for a temporary law library is the underground parking area in Terrence Murphy Hall.

As of Oct. 2, 2000, it will no longer be possible to park beneath Terrence Murphy Hall. The loading dock and the drop-off window will remain in operation.

The temporary law library will have a stack capacity of approximately 60,000 volumes as well as four group study rooms, computer workstations and an extensive microfiche collection. Edmund P. Edmonds, the new director of the law library, reports that the University of St. Thomas School of Law already has received donations of more than 60,000 volumes, which are currently in storage. Edmonds and his staff will begin sorting and organizing the library after he assumes his full-time duties on Jan. 1, 2001, with an anticipated opening date of late spring or early summer.

With the loss of the underground parking area, I encourage St. Paul employees to use the shuttle bus service when traveling to Minneapolis for meetings. All UST employees, whether based in St. Paul or Minneapolis, who have purchased a parking permit may park in the Minneapolis surface lots 1, 2 and 3 without an additional charge. Guest parking spaces may be reserved in lot 3. For any questions regarding Minneapolis campus parking, please call the Public Safety and Parking Services desk in Terrence Murphy Hall at (651) 962-4106.

Other changes already have occurred in Terrence Murphy Hall to accommodate the temporary needs of the School of Law. Two classrooms have been reconfigured as the Admissions Office, and faculty and staff offices. A third classroom will be converted to offices this spring. When classes begin in fall 2001, the School of Law will require the daytime use of two additional fourth-floor classrooms. In spring 2002 some limited use of Thornton Auditorium (8:30-9:30 a.m.) also will be required. The following fall (2002) students in their second year of studies will require the daytime use of Thornton Auditorium (8:a.m.-2 p.m.) for a moot courtroom and classroom.

In anticipation of the School of Law’s temporary space needs, a lease agreement has been reached with the First Baptist Church located right across Harmon Place from Terrence Murphy Hall that will provide approximately 7,000 square feet of additional classroom space (six classrooms) over the next several years. I do not anticipate the need to cancel undergraduate or graduate courses due to lack of space.

The facilities scheduling office in Minneapolis will make every effort to accommodate space needs during this transitional yet significant time for all programs at the Minneapolis campus.

Thank you very much for your understanding and patience with this change.


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