26 October 2017
From 30th October, refurbishment works will commence in the Library around the Special Collections area and Reading Room to transform the space into study areas for students.

Since opening in January 2016, the stunning, refurbished Library has proved to be exceptionally popular with students. Its success has been reflected in excellent survey results, including 92% satisfaction in the NSS in both 2016 and 2017.

Earlier this year, the Library also achieved joint first place in the UK for good library and library opening hours (THES Student Experience Survey 2017).

Improvements continue to be made. An additional 96 workspaces were installed over the Summer in the Reading Room, Postgraduate Study Area and on A Floor. Some informal sofa seating in the Silent Area on C Floor has been replaced with formal desking, in line with the study preferences of library users.

Power will soon be delivered to every desktop in the Reading Room (no more trailing leads and messy floor boxes!), and WiFi has been upgraded throughout the building.

On 30 October, further work will begin to transform the area around Special Collections into a study area. 44 power- and WiFi-enabled workspaces will be installed. The work will last for approximately 10 weeks. An acoustic hoarding will be installed in the area on Monday 30th October, and dust suppression equipment will be used to minimise the impact on the surrounding area. There will inevitably be some intermittent noise disturbance in the vicinity. We will be liaising closely with colleagues in Facilities to ensure that we can give library users advance notice of any likely disturbance.

You can find out more on the Facilities work updates pages, and by checking the Library twitter account.

If you have any questions or require further information, please email the Facilities Helpdesk  or phone them on 01524 593333.