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Paternoster Refurbishment

Information and updates on the paternoster refurbishment programme


This year we will be refurbishing our iconic paternoster lift, with the aim of bringing it back into service for the start of academic year 2020/21.

The paternoster has been out of action since summer 2018, and work has been ongoing behind the scenes to organise resources and expertise to get it working again. The paternoster is an original feature of the 1967 library building so restoring it is not straightforward. Parts will need to be specially manufactured and installed which will take some time and cause some disruption.

Key dates

Work will begin in December 2019.

There will be no onsite works during the exam period or graduation week.

We anticipate that the paternoster will be returned to service for the start of the new academic year in October 2020. However, because of the nature of the project, there may be unforeseen complications. We will update as things progress.

Help and further information

We will make every effort to keep disruption to a minimum whilst works are taking place, and will notify users of any periods of time/areas of the building that are likely to be particularly affected.

For information on how to get round the building whilst the paternoster remains out of service, see our information on alternative access routes. Details on our book fetching service are also available.

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.

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