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Milne Library Project

Milne Library at Sturges logoCore Library Services have been moved to Sturges Hall and will be available during these hours, starting Wednesday, January 22:

  • Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–11 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m.–11 p.m.

Calendar of Library Hours at Sturges:

Library Building Information - January 16, 2020

Inspections by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety have confirmed the presence of asbestos particles in areas of Milne Library. Air quality testing has determined the air does not pose a risk, and the presence of asbestos in a building does not necessarily constitute a health threat. However, because the safety of students, employees, and visitors is paramount, the College has decided to initiate a remediation project to begin as soon as possible. As a result, the library will remain closed for an extended period of time, probably through the spring semester.

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Which library services and resources are available?

  • Students: Consult with a librarian at the Research Help Center, Sturges 101, starting Wednesday, January 22:
    • Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Friday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Faculty: If you have any questions about resources for your assignments, please contact your Liaison Librarian.
  • IDS is still available to students, faculty, and staff.  Pickups are unavailable at the moment; more information about borrowing will be posted soon.
  • Milne Library will have a Reserve Collection available in the coming weeks. However, the physical collections will not be accessible during the library closure.
  • Electronic resources, research guides, and databases are available via the Milne Library website.

Where do I find:

How do I return library items?

  • Milne and IDS items may be returned to Sturges 120 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Items may be left in the dropbox outside Milne Library's front doors at any time.

Where can I find study areas?

Visit this page for a complete list of study areas, including quiet study spaces

How can SUNY Geneseo faculty, staff, and students access materials from the Milne Library main collection?

SUNY Geneseo faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit IDS requests for print books, DVDs, and CDs. Milne Library will borrow copies of requested materials from other libraries. If an item is not available to borrow, Milne Library will purchase a new copy of the item.

Will Milne Library be ordering new books, films, and other physical materials during the library closure?

Milne Library will be ordering the following materials for Spring 2020 semester:

  • Materials for Spring 2020 course reserve
  • Materials urgently needed for Spring 2020 for which IDS access will not suffice or is not available

Milne Library will not be ordering the following materials:

  • Materials needed for assignments and projects, research, and/or course reserve for future semesters
  • Items that would be worthwhile additions to the collection but do not have an intended use during Spring 2020

When will the Milne Library building reopen?

The asbestos abatement plan is still under development, and we will know more about the schedule after we define the scope of the project. We will post more details on this page as they become available.

Asbestos Abatement Project Information

When is asbestos dangerous?

Asbestos is most hazardous when it is friable. “Friable" means that it is easily crumbled by hand, releasing fibers into the air. Sprayed-on asbestos insulation is highly friable. Asbestos floor tile is not.

Asbestos-containing materials are not considered dangerous if they are undisturbed and in good condition. If asbestos is disturbed or damaged, the risk of exposure increases. Dust containing microscopic asbestos fibers can become airborne, which increases the chance that the fibers can be inhaled or ingested.

Why is asbestos harmful?

If inhaled, airborne asbestos fibers can become lodged in lung tissue and cause scarring. This condition is known as asbestosis. Asbestosis is not a cancer, but asbestos exposure has also been linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma. People who smoke and are exposed to asbestos are at higher risk of developing lung cancer. 

What is the risk for asbestos-related disease?

The vast majority of people who have developed an asbestos-related disease have experienced an occupational exposure, where they have breathed millions of fibers per day for many months or years, due to the requirements of their job. It can typically be decades before symptoms develop. 

Why is there asbestos in buildings? 

Asbestos was used in building materials for many years for sound absorption and resistance to heat, electrical, and chemical damage. In 1973, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began regulating the use of asbestos as a part of The Clean Air Act. For more information, visit the Environmental Health and Safety’s asbestos page

What does the College do to protect me against asbestos harm?

SUNY Geneseo follows the EPA’s recommendations for managing asbestos in place. The asbestos management program includes:

Updated asbestos surveys prior to any renovation or demolition project Removal of asbestos-containing materials only if the condition has deteriorated to the point of becoming hazardous or if the material will be impacted by work scheduled in its vicinity Annual asbestos awareness training for all employees with maintenance or custodial responsibilities who have the potential to come into contact with asbestos-containing materials


The department generally responsible for the oversight of asbestos regulations at SUNY Geneseo is Environmental Health and Safety (EHS).

Who do I contact with asbestos-related questions or concerns? 

Please contact

The College has been systematically abating asbestos from campus as it renovates areas. The amount of asbestos on campus is decreasing each year. Notification signs are posted at the entrances to buildings known to have asbestos-containing materials. Additional warning signs are also posted at the entrances to maintenance and mechanical spaces and custodial check-in points containing asbestos.

How is an asbestos abatement done?

All abatements are done in a controlled manner, in three phases: preparing the area; removing, enclosing, or encapsulating the asbestos; and clearance.

Preparation involves setting up an enclosure; sealing up all windows, doors, ventilation ducts, and other opening with plastic sheeting. Additional plastic sheeting may be used to cover all perimeters of the abatement, or if the abatement is small, a mini-enclosure may be set up. The area is then placed under negative-pressure, or vacuum, to ensure that no air will leak from the controlled area into adjacent areas. Airlocks are then set up to allow abatement workers to enter and exit safely, as well as for bagged waste to be removed for disposal. Prior to any work with asbestos material, Environmental Health and Safety coordinates with a third-party contractor to inspect the enclosure and verify that it is adequate for the planned abatement.

Actual removal is done mostly by hand to minimize the disturbance of the material. Water is used to wet the material to even further reduce its potential to release fibers. Special vacuum cleaners with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are used to capture any of the fibers that may have been released. After the gross removal of the asbestos-containing material is done, several cleanings of all surfaces within the enclosure are done using wet sponges or rags and HEPA vacuums, and air monitoring tests are done between the cleaning phases. 

Is it safe to be near an asbestos abatement project?

There are numerous regulations, guidelines, and specifications that govern how an abatement project is performed. Because of these stringent abatement requirements, it is safe to work adjacent to an asbestos abatement project.

What regulatory standards apply to asbestos at the College?

The following asbestos related regulations apply to asbestos activities at SUNY Geneseo:

  • OSHA Asbestos Construction Standard (29 CFR 1926.1101)
  • OSHA Asbestos General Industry Standard (29 CFR 1910.1001)
  • EPA NESHAP Asbestos Standard
Who do I contact with asbestos-related questions or concerns? 

Please contact