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Refurbished Library now open

The refurbished ground floor of the Library is now open! LIS staff will be running tours of the refurbished areas during w/c 8 November, each day at 12pm. Please email Anna Hill to advise her which day you would like to attend. If you can’t attend that week or at that time, LIS will be happy to organise further tours as required.

Here is a summary of the changes that you will find, following the refurbishment works this summer:

  • The new entrance is at the corner of the library opposite to the Main Building. You can find a route map here. The temporary entrance at the back of the library is now closed

  • There are new stairs, a new passenger lift and new toilets on all four floors at the front of the building

  • On the ground floor you will find: a Welcome desk; flexible group study space; two computer labs; the short loan collection; a self-service reservations area; self-service machines with fines payment facility; two additional needs rooms; two bookable group study rooms, a Help desk and CaféLibro.

  • The Learning Development Centre, printed periodicals, small study areas and the Library staff administration area are on the first floor

  • The second and third floors have not been refurbished at this stage. All of the bookstock is located on these floors, as well as PCs and printers / photocopiers. The second floor can be used for group study for much of the year, but the third floor is reserved for individual silent study only. 

Further information about the library, including opening times and borrowing arrangements, can be found here.

To see the changes for yourself and find out more about how the Library works, please come along to a Library Matters Live session anytime between 11am and 3pm from Monday 1 November until Friday 5 November.  There will be Goody Bags for all first year students and a chance for all students to enter a Prize Draw to win a £100 Bullring Gift Card or a Sony e-book reader.

Thank you for your patience during the refurbishment, especially during the last month when the upper floors of the library have been particularly crowded. We hope you enjoy the new facilities and spaces. To help us to provide a pleasant learning environment for you, please make sure that you observe the Library Regulations.

Please let us know what works well and what doesn't work as well, by emailing library@aston.ac.uk or by completing one of our Have Your Say forms.

Words by Nick Smith

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