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  • January 25, 2018

    Renovation Frequently Asked Questions

    • What are the dates of the renovation?
      • The renovation will be from April 2018 to August 2018. From January 2018 to March 2018, the Avery Research Center’s faculty and staff will be packing and moving collections out of the building.
      • UPDATE: Due to delays in renovations, the Avery Research Center will remain closed to the public and staff until 2019.
    • When will the Avery Research Center reopen?
      • We are aiming to reopen in time for Fall 2018. Please watch the Avery Research Center’s website and Facebook page for any information on delays.
      • UPDATE: Due to delays in renovations, the Avery Research Center will remain closed to the public and staff until 2019.
    • What is being completed as a part of the renovation?
      • The Avery Research Center will be getting a new HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system in place, so we can maintain better environmental conditions for the collections and personnel. Areas also part of the renovations are new roofing, new windows, and new protective coatings on the exterior of the building to prevent moisture from seeping inside and damaging archival materials.
    • Will the Avery Research Center be open for tours, public meetings, and public programming?
      • No, there will not be any tours, public meetings, or public programming in the building during the renovation period.
    • Will there be access to the Avery Research Center’s collections for research, exhibition, loans, or student assignments?
      • There will be LIMITED access to selected collections from Avery Research Center’s collections for the duration of the renovation. A list of the available collections will be available on the website in March 2018.
    • Where will the collections be stored?
      • The collections will be stored off-site and on-campus.
    • Can I schedule an instruction session or workshop for my students or group?
      • At this moment, instruction sessions and workshops are on a temporary hiatus. For more information, please contact the manager of archival services, Aaisha Haykal, at haykalan@cofc.edu.
    • I have an item/collection to donate, may I still bring it to the Avery Research Center?
      • No. Avery Research Center will not be acquiring any materials during the renovation. Please contact the manager of archival services, Ms. Aaisha Haykal, at haykalan@cofc.edu for assistance and direction. She will be glad to discuss the collection with you and arrange for potential donation after the renovation is completed.
    • How can I contact the Avery Research Center’s Archival faculty and staff?
      • Beginning March 2018, the archival faculty and staff will be at the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library. To arrange a meeting or research consultation, please contact them via their individual College of Charleston emails.
    • I have a general inquiry, who should I contact?
      • Please direct any general inquiries about the Avery Research Center to averyadmin@cofc.edu or call 843-953-7609.



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