Library Refurbishment Project
Originally constructed in 1967, the Library at Lancaster University has been continuously improved having undergone various extensions and refurbishment, the most recent of which being the 2015 renovation of the East and West buildings.
Due to the huge success of its refurbishment, and achievement of a BREEAM Excellent award, the Library has become a popular study space for all to use. Plans are being developed which aim to increase the Library’s capacity. Following staff and student feedback on the first phase of the remodelling, the plans will consider furniture type and study spaces which may be improved and expanded as part of a scheme of continuous improvement.
Feedback about the Library has been extremely positive and these works are scheduled to be carried out over summer and in to the winter period. Benefits of the project are to include installation of a power supply to each study space within the reading room; new space designated for study and new furniture.
From 30th October, refurbishment works will commence in the Library around the special collections area and reading room to transform the space in to practical study areas for students.
The refurbishment of the area is likely to cause intermittent noise disruption for around 10 weeks and, as such, steps have been taken to mitigate disruption such as constructing an acoustically rated hoarding line and using dust suppression equipment to reduce the impact on the surrounding area.
The refurbishment plans follow feedback from consultations with staff and students as to their preferences in the type of furniture used throughout the Library and the use of space throughout the building. The University Archive will be relocated to A099 of the Science and Technology Building. The project will see the introduction of 44 new study spaces all equipped with power and Wifi.
From Saturday 2nd December, weekend works will be undertaken to demolish a wall on the West Wing of A-Floor in the Library.
The works will be noisy and disruptive to the building. As a result, the University has instructed the contractors to work over two consecutive weekends as to mitigate disruption to students during the busy term period.
The project is progressing to schedule and has so far been a great success. The Library is currently undergoing a refurbishment of the Special Collections area to create an additional 44 study spaces following feedback from staff and students.
The project is due to complete by February 2018.