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Uploaded on Dec 22, 2010

On Monday, Dec. 20, a crew flew five new elevator motors by helicopter to the top of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, at 286 feet, and four and a half inches tall, believed to be the tallest academic library in the world. Because the tower is a no-fly zone, the operation involved many parties, from FAA officials, to contractors and UMass Amherst personnel. The scheduled lift went without hiccup. The new motors are part of a complete renewal of the library's elevators, to be complete in 2012, in time for the building's 40th birthday in 2013.

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