In April 2006, a fire damaged a large part of the University of New Mexico's Zimmerman Library basement, including its wonderful journal collection of over 3,000 titles. The UNM librarians made the best of a bad situation, and turned the reconstruction project into a renovation. When the basement officially reopened this past April, improved study spaces and group study rooms were part of the celebration.
The project hasn't been without problems. In November 2007, a pipe broke after the new carpet was installed and most of the renovations completed, flooding the basement with as much as 6 inches of water in some places. Some of the books sustained water damage, but were quickly freeze-dried to prevent mold and further damage.
As librarians, and many of us former UNM students who logged hundreds of hours in the Zimmerman Library (especially the basement!), we're thrilled that it's open and even better than before.