Students using Widener Library's reading room should be able to see better than ever by the end of the week. Over the vacation workmen began replacing the table lamps in the room with fluorescent lights.
The new lights in the coves and over the desks have gone directly underneath the 27 sky lights. Their installation is the first major lighting repair in the building since 1915, according to Keyes DeWitt Metcalf, University Librarian. The lights in the East and West rooms are still being replaced, and the work should be completed by the end of next week. Metcalf was unable to give a specific cost figure for the repairs, but said that they were "very expensive."
These repairs are part of an overall renovation plan started in Widener last summer. The project brought a new floor in the basement, as well as the installation of ralls on the stairs. The stairs themselves are now equipped with non-skid steps.