Floods and earthquakes but fortunately no fires (or locusts)

October 3rd, 2013 § 3 comments

The 1994 Northridge earthquake, the last really large quake in Los Angeles, did some damage to the UCLA Music Library.

Northridge is about 15 miles from UCLA, but it still had a great affect here. Below is a photo of the stacks the day after showing all of the books that fell down in just those few minutes of shaking.

Music Library staff spent quite a few days getting things back in order.

Also in the 1990s, the roof of Schoenberg Music Building needed repairing because from time to time when it rained–and when it rains in California it pours–the roof would leak! And it would leak down onto the Music Library’s books and LPs!

Paper and water are not a good mix, and things have to be treated very carefully to prevent permanent damage.

(And look how crowded the Music Library already was in those days!)

The LPs (those are long playing records) had to dried out to prevent mold and mildew.


Those were dark days in the Music Library. Fortunately, since that time we’ve had no disasters. But we do have a disaster plan in place should anything like this occur again: large sheets of plastic and emergency supplies, and a conscientious preservation department to take care of things when they are damaged.

So the 120,000 books and scores, 39,000 CDs, and thousands of other items like DVDs available to those who study music at UCLA will still be available, even after the deluge!


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