Library redevelopment update: October 2010

The glass extension under construction

Over the summer vacation, there have been some significant changes to the library building and refurbishment work is still continuing.

This is a summary of the progress so far and what still has to be done:

  • There is a temporary entrance to the library near to the new residences block and the Optegra hospital. You can find a route map here

  • The ground floor is currently being refurbished and will not be open until the beginning of November. We will tell you more about the facilities that will be available on that floor nearer to the time

  • The first floor has been completely refurbished and is now open for use. The Learning Development Centre, printed periodicals and the Library staff administration area are based upon this floor. There is also limited space for individual study

  • The second and third floors are also open for use, but have not been refurbished at this stage. All of the bookstock is located on these floors, as well as open access PCs and printing/photocopying machines. The second floor can be used for group study, but the third floor is reserved for individual silent study only

  • Whilst the ground floor is being refurbished there is limited study space in the library, so study space in the Main Building is available instead; for example, the old Cafe Lago area on the sixth floor or the study spaces on the landings near the sky lifts. The number of open access PCs available in the library is also limited during this period. An open access PC lab is available 24/7 in the Main Building East - Room 476

  • Information Systems Aston (ISA) has introduced a facility to allow students to top up print credit online, using a credit or debit card. This can also be done at the cash loaders located in the library or outside the ISA Helpdesk in the Main Building – Room 477 (minimum credit that can be added is £5). Consequently, students will no longer be able to purchase additional print credits at the Service Counter in the library or from the ISA Helpdesk.

  • Further information about the Library, including opening times and borrowing arrangements, can be found here. One change that we have made to borrowing arrangements from last year is that Reservations will now be kept for 3 days only, to enable better circulation of high demand items.

We apologise for any disruption caused by the ongoing construction work and hope you will bear with us until we open the ground floor later this term.

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Words by Nick Smith

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