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Floor 2 Refurbishment

Update: 18/06/2019: And so it begins

If you've been around the library recently, you may have seen all the moving and shaking on floor 2. We've been busy moving books and getting the space ready to be transformed. We've got a way to go, but wanted to show you some of the work that's been going on in the last week. We moved nearly 50,000 books so far, about 1/3 of the total number on the shelves. Don't forget you can still get hold of them using the store request form, or find them in the floor 2 group study room.

Update: 10/06/2019: The project is underway!

This summer we will be refurbishing Floor 2 of the south wing (original 1960s part of the Library building).

We've been aware for some time that the original wing of the building is looking old and tired, and doesn't provide the quality of study environment found elsewhere in the Library. We hope that the refurbishment of Floor 2 will be the start of a phased programme to bring improvements to all floors of the south wing.

The refurbishment will include:

  • New furniture, carpets & lighting
  • Power to all desks, so you can plug in your devices
  • A reorientation of the shelves to make it easier to find what you need
  • More PCs

See "Your Space" for more information on the planned layout, as well as ways in which our users have already contributed to shaping the space and how you can share your views on what the refurbished area should be like as the project continues.

Key dates

The area is now closed off and books are being moved until 28 June.

The group study room on floor 2 is now in use as a temporary book shelving location.

The lift in the north wing is currently out of action to Library users until 28 June whilst books are being moved. There may be some disruption on floor 2 of the north wing during this time and it may be advisable to work elsewhere in the Library during this period.

We anticipate that the work will be completed some time in November, with an official reopening of the floor in January 2020.

Books and journals from this area will remain accessible on request throughout the refurbishment, although there may be some delays until 28 June due to books being in transit.

Help and further information

If you need any help while the refurbishment is taking place, please talk to a member of Library staff at the Helpdesk or around the building.

Updates will be provided here as the project progresses.