Tech Library to Reopen Sunday, Archives Remain Closed

HOUGHTON–The J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library at
Michigan Technological University will reopen at noon on Sunday, Oct.
28. Because of a fire in the Michigan Tech Archives on Friday, the
library has been closed.

The archives are located on the garden level of the library and will
remain closed until further notice. The source of the fire is unknown
and is under investigation by the Michigan State Police fire

Most of the damage was caused by water from a zoned sprinkler release,
which was activated automatically when the fire was detected. Both the
Houghton Fire and Police Departments responded. The most fragile
documents have been removed from the area to cold storage, and work is
ongoing to assess the damage and begin restoration.

“Currently, we are working through our disaster plan to address the
most immediate needs to preserve and restore these unique documents,”
said Erik Nordberg, University archivist.

Researchers and professionals who need access to the area can call the
archives office at 906-487-2505 or email For all other
library information and services, call 906-487-2508 or email

Except for the closed garden level, the library will maintain regular
hours after it opens on Sunday.