Renovation provides unique opportunity

The McGoogan Library of Medicine is about to undergo a renovation, and in preparation many medical journals and magazines will be archived in a different manner.  As a result, the library has an abundance of plastic containers originally used to hold the library’s thousands of periodicals.

The Library reached out to LiveGreen to see if they could be recycled.  They can, but they are still in good shape and with so many containers (1,300 and counting!) we wanted them to be reused if possible.  The containers can be re-used to hold magazines or other similar items at home or work, or repurposed to hold or store any other item you can think of.  The bins are range in size from approximately 10”H x 7 ½ ”D x 4”W to 12”H x 9 ½” x 4”, depending on the item they held (see picture for example).

But wait there’s more!  We want to see your creativity in repurposing these containers.  We’ll ask you to share a picture and explanation of your efforts with , winners will be selected during Earth Month (activities announced soon!) and receive prizes.  Whether you’re the crafty type or you just need something to hold your whatchamacallits, these free durable plastic bins may be what you need. Can they store pasta packages in your pantry? Gadgets in your garage? Action figures in Adam’s room?  Or maybe modified into something else completely?  We look forward to finding out!

To share as many of the bins as possible with our campus community, the Library is hosting two pickup events:

Who: anyone interested, tell your friends

What: pickup containers; first come, first served

When: Thursday, February 21 from 7:30am to 9:30am & Friday, February 22 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Where:  Wittson Hall, 6th Floor lobby of McGoogan Library

The event is BYOB, bring your own box, particularly if interested in taking more than a few containers.  The Library does not have bags, boxes, or carts for those taking the containers.  The Library will not give away containers at any other times.  If you can’t attend, see if a friend can pick some up for you.  Don’t forget, the Library will be open at this time, please be considerate of others when picking up your containers.


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