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Paternoster Refurbishment

Information and updates on the paternoster refurbishment programme

Operating times

From Tues 1 June, the paternoster will run Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm. You can check the current hours of operation on our Opening Hours page.

There will be a safety announcement as it starts up and is closed down each day to let you know what is happening.

If you just want to ride the paternoster, you'll be asked to check in on arrival at the Library as part of our COVID-19 arrangements.

How to use the paternoster

Here's everything you need to know to ride the paternoster safely!

  • Wait for the green light to get into or out of the paternoster car
  • Only 1 person should ride in each car
  • Avoid going underneath on the ground floor as this can cause the safety mechanisms to operate (and the paternoster to stop!)
  • Avoid going over the top on floor 5 for the same reason
  • Only use the big red emergency stop buttons in an emergency
  • Maintain social distancing of 2m if queueing to get on
  • If the paternoster does stop unexpectedly, listen to and follow the safety announcements which will usually tell you to stay put - Library staff will be on hand shortly to check everything is ok

To get an idea of what the paternoster is like, check out the video under Paternoster in action.

If you would rather not use the paternoster to travel up and down in the Library, a conventional lift and stairs are also available.