The new carpets of Floor 1 have started to be laid this morning, and should be completed before the end of this week. This weekend the Ground Floor Welcome Area will be carpeted, followed by the remainder of the Ground Floor, and everthing is well on track for resumption of service by the end of July.
Our refurbishment is progressing well, and although you may not believe it from the photographs, the new look is starting to take shape. After all the stripping out and tearing down, the new ceiling grid is going up, and redecorating is now under way. Soon the new ceilings and lights will be fitted, then the carpets.
We’re still waiting for an indication from the University on whether Phase 2 will be proceeding, and will keep you updated on this as soon as we receive news.
The summer refurbishment project is now well underway, with the affected areas being handed over to contractors yesterday. These photos show the start of the work and the temporary wall now in place on the Ground Floor. The first stage of the work will be the removal of ceilings and light fittings, which has now started.
Throughout this work the study areas in the red zone (green staircase) on all floors will remain available and should be relatively undisturbed. In the remainder of the building on Floors 2 and 3 we are storing books in boxes – there are through routes and most aisles remain accessible, but please take care when moving around the building.
If you are looking for items which are normally shelved on Floor 1 and have now been boxed, please speak to a member of staff about the Bookfetch service.
Throughout this week we are boxing and removing stock from Floor 1 in preparation for the removal of shelving and handing over to the building contractors next week. To enable the book fetch service and keep stock as accessible as possible we are using floor space on Floors 2 and 3 to store boxed books.
As a result, study space on these floors is currently limited in some areas, and there will be disturbance as we move furniture and boxes. We have now completed work in the new part of the building (red zone) and as a result these are the best areas for undisturbed study this week.
From next week we hope to be able to provide a larger area of study space for use, but in the meantime please bear with us as we get this major project underway. There may be areas where access to stock is difficult, and if this causes a problem please ask a member of staff for assistance.
As a result of the problems experienced in providing sufficient notice of the current floor closures to all affected students, we are providing a fetching service for items in closed areas until they are returned to the shelves in July.
You can use the form here (only available via the Intranet) to request up to 10 items to be collected for you. Requested items must show on the catalogue as currently available, and can only be from the restricted areas.
We’ll make every effort to retrieve these items, but please be aware that there may be some which cannot be found, as a result of having been hidden or misplaced by other Library users prior to having been packed – if this is the case we will let you know.
Once you have submitted your request we will aim to make your items available within 24 hours – requests made over the weekend may take longer to be processed. Please ask at the Library Help Desk to collect these items.