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Information and updates on the paternoster


The paternoster has been an important part of our library since it first opened in 1967 and it is one of just two lifts like it which are now left in the UK.

Our iconic paternoster lift has been refurbished and fully restored with some added new safety features.

The works have included:

  • Completely replacing the lifts drive gears and chain
  • Replacing the main control system with a modern high efficiency system
  • Installing a new vari-speed drive system, so the lift can easily be slowed down
  • Updating all of the lift cars
  • Upgrading the lighting in the lift shaft
  • New safety features, like a traffic light system to help you get onto the lift

Key dates

Work began in December 2019.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were some delays to the overall programme.

The paternoster was back in service for Library users from Tues 1 June 2021 and has been ever since. 

Paternoster lift - University of EssexPaternoster Lift - University of Essex Library