We are very excited to announce that the new study spaces on the Lower Ground Floor are now open!
We know how hard it can be to find a study spot, so we listened to our students and added 358 new study spaces to the Main Library over the summer, as this blog has documented. Today we celebrated the grand opening of the Lower Ground Floor, which has been renovated for student use.
Bryan MacGregor, Director of User Services and Alec Edgecliffe-Johnson, President of the Edinburgh University Students’ Association, did the honours, cutting the ribbon to officially open the new spaces.
In the coming weeks we will be running competitions in the new space, so keep your eye on our Facebook and Twitter for the chance to win prizes! We would also love to hear your feedback about the new spaces, and about any further changes you want to see in the Library, so please get in touch via Facebook or Twitter, or use the survey forms we will be distributing in the Lower Ground Floor.
We hope that these new study spaces will make the upcoming deadlines a little easier!
Everything is almost ready for the study spaces on the Lower Ground Floor of the Main Library to open, we just have a few last minute things to put in place for you and the space will be open to students on Monday 17th October.
All of the new furniture has been delivered and the new desktop power outlets have been put in place to make your studying here as easy as possible.
We’ve got new signs on the lower ground floor directing you to the space too!
Come and see the space on Monday and let us know what you think!
We are almost there – thanks for your continued patience!
New furniture for the 358 additional study spaces will start to arrive next week – please see below for details.
Tuesday 13th September – 2nd & 4th Floors
Thursday 15th September – Lower Ground Floor
Tuesday 20th September – 1st & 3rd Floors
Whilst every attempt will be taken to avoid the minimum of disruption to users as the new furniture is assembled there will be an element of unavoidable noise as these works get carried out.
The installation of the new desk top power modules will be installed quickly after the new study desks have been assembled, the desktop power will enable you to charge your devices via a plug or a USB port. These works will be carried out in the evening as there will be an element of drilling work involved. As with previous works, barriers will be put in place to alert users of the areas where the contractors will be working in.
Tuesday 13th , Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th September – 2nd & 4th Floors
Monday 19th September – Lower Ground Floor
Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st September – 1st & 3rd Floor
Part of the refurbishment works to create new study areas will also involve an upgrade to the existing desk top power modules on a number of new and existing desks. We are confident that these new desk top power modules will help address the many issues that users have been experiencing, each desk will be fitted with a single socket and double USB charging point.
Additional electrical enabling works have been planned to accommodate these new desk top power modules which will see a number of areas affected, these works have been scheduled in order to minimise disruption to users. These areas will be cordoned off to users whilst the work is taking place.
Please see below for details
4th Floor: from 6pm to 6am on Monday 29th August – Tuesday 30th August 2016 electrical enabling work will take place throughout the floor to prepare for the installation of additional desk top power supply units.
3rd Floor: from 6pm to 6am on Tuesday 29th August – Wednesday 31st August 2016 electrical enabling work will take place throughout the floor to prepare for the installation of additional desk top power supply units.
2nd Floor: from 6pm to 6am on Wednesday 31st August, Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd September 2016 electrical enabling work will take place throughout the floor to prepare for the installation of additional desk top power supply units.
1st Floor: from 6pm to 6am on Thursday 1st September – Friday 2nd September 2016 electrical enabling work will take place throughout the floor to prepare for the installation of additional desk top power supply units.
Please note PC’s and Key Boards within the Ground, 1st and 2nd Floors will undergo a deep clean from Monday 15th August. The contractors will start from the 2nd floor and then continue to the ground floor, the work is likely to last approximately 3 days. PC’s will be temporarily unavailable whilst the deep clean is undertaken which includes keyboard and monitor sanitising. PC’s will then quickly become available on each floor as the cleaning contractors progress to all areas of the floor.
Thank you for your patience.
Work is continuing in the Main Library on a programme of works to bring significant improvements for library users through increasing the number of study spaces by 350 and providing additional power and data facilities at study desks.
Work underway this week (8th-15th August)
3rd floor – Construction work to remove empty shelves and carry out electrical works is underway on the south side of the 3rd floor. The collections PC-Q are currently cordoned off and access to these items is through consultation with Helpdesk staff located on the 3rd floor or Ground Floor 9.15-4.45 Monday to Friday, or through emailing email@example.com at other times.
Apologies for the continuing noise and disruption – thank you for your patience while work is underway.
Electrical work underway on the 3rd floor Shelving being removed on the 3rd floor
This week we have finished compressing Main Library collections on the 2nd floor and have moved up to the 3rd floor.
Our contractors have moved collections on over 10,000 metres of shelving – quite an achievement!
In the coming weeks the empty shelving resulting from the compression will be removed, and additional study spaces added. This work has included a large amount of noisy reconfiguration of shelving and has restricted access to lifts and collections so apologies for the disruption caused.
We’ve been struck by how understanding our users have been during the work, so thank you all for your continuing patience.
Some of the collections (pamphlets and folios in P and the full collections of P, PA and PB) previously on the 3rd floor have now moved down to the 2nd floor.
The 2nd floor now has collections A-PB and the 3rd floor has collections PC-Z.
Signs will be updated accordingly.
This is part of the wider ongoing work to improve the Main Library over the summer – more posts to follow…
Over recent weeks we have been progressing well with our project to compress the Library collections on the 2nd floor.
We now have lots of empty shelves (photo below) so are able to begin to move some books down from the 3rd floor to the 2nd floor; this will continue with the plan to free up space throughout all floors so that we can introduce additional study spaces.
During this move access to lifts and collections may be restricted, but we will have staff available to help you if necessary.
Apologies for the continuing disruption at this time.
The sample furniture has now started to arrive and is being displayed on the first floor Mezzanine. Below are some images of the new study desks.
We do value your feedback so please pop along, take a look and provide comments on the link below by 5.00pm on 8th July.
The move of collections in the Main Library is now underway. Contract staff are working on the second floor to free up shelves which will be removed later in the summer to allow room for additional study spaces.
Thank you for your ongoing patience while the work is underway.
The empty shelves are beginning to appear!