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Over the summer, the Library stock has moved to the rear of the building. This has allowed us to incorporate study space within the Library area (something you asked us for when we spoke to you). We've also been able to bring all of our collections together in one place: no more having to go into the Silent Study room to get fiction books!
Click through the slides to see pictures of the move and find out more about the new Library.
Day 1: Emptying the old Library
It takes quite a long time to take 6,700 books off the shelves (we have 8,000, but many of our students were kindly storing some of our books in their own homes). By the end of day one, most of the books were off the shelves and we'd moved a couple of bays of shelving.
Day 2: Building libraries takes time and precision
The trickiest part of the project was ensuring that everything was placed in the right place according to the plan that had carefully been devised by Library staff and our colleagues in Planning, Health & Safety and Operations. Apparently making a change which looks nice but may result in a couple of students dying in a fire is frowned upon... After lots of wriggling, we started to get things in the right places.
Day 4: Shelving assembled
The new shelving includes around 25 metres of new space for stock, which will allow the collection to grow and mature over the next few years as we add new subjects like Applied Psychology and Sport & Leisure Management into the topics our stock covers.
(What happened to day 3? It was more shelves being built and nudged into position. It wasn't that exciting!)
Day 5: Reshelving takes time and precision too!
As we reshelved our stock, we took into account space for books which were on loan and books we planned to buy, as well as pulling out books we no longer needed (RIP Accounting) and making sure everything is in the correct order along with subject labels so you can find it on the shelf easily. The new space is lighter and brighter, making it easier to spot the Dewey number you're looking for!
Day 6: Setting out study spaces
We're so happy to have a variety of study spaces within the new Library. Along with the group study tables and soft seating for individual study, we also have a bank of PCs for those who prefer a proper keyboard over a laptop. Some of the soft furnishings even have power sockets you can plug your device into (no microwaves or toasters please).
Due to current coronavirus restrictions we can't let you loose on all the furnishings just yet, but you will be able to book study spaces in the Library from 21st September 2020 - look out for more details.
Day 7: Low-level Collections shelves complete the Library
The biggest addition to the new Library is possibly the low-level shelving next to the cafe area, which houses our collections of books: Study Skills, Fiction & Popular Reading, Drama & Play Texts, Reading Well and Careers and Employability. The shorter shelves allow for improved eyelines though the building, as well as giving a bit of a buffer between the bustle of the cafe and the studious concentration of Library users.
All that's missing is you!
The books are on the shelves, the ebooks are in the cloud (thankfully we didn't need to move all 400,000 of those), the desks are in place. All that's missing is you. We look forward to welcoming you back soon, in a safe and socially distanced way.
Due to the current situation, we'll ask you to sanitise your hands before using the Library and to limit touching things if you can. Please remember that you'll need to book a space if you want to sit and study, and that we can't allow too many people to browse the shelves at once.
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