Discover your library week

Posted on 23/01/2012

Love to Learn

New Year, new improved Library

The Library Service at Royal Holloway has taken advantage of the Christmas vacation to make a number of improvements for students.

On Monday 9th January, the first day of term, an extra 90 study spaces were available on Level 1 of Bedford Library, along with an additional 28 PC’s.

Level 2 of the library has also been much improved. An open plan office for the library staff has released space for, small study rooms and reconfigured and much improved the toilet facilities. Following feedback from students, the library has also provided 10 adjustable height desks to ensure all students are comfortable in their study environment.

The changes to the library are the latest in a number of improvements made in 2011. In October, 25 new spaces were created and 18 computers revamped to provide students with flexible working options.

Not only is the Library providing more space for study, but also longer opening hours,   more than 100 hours per week in term time and 24/7 opening in the spring term, from April 6th-25th May.

Academic registrar, Simon Higman, said: “The new and improved study environment provides Royal Holloway’s students with more space and flexible study options. We thank Library users for their patience over the Christmas vacation and the Library staff for the adjustments they have made to make this possible.”

The official opening of the refurbished area comes hand in hand with the College’s ‘Discover Your Library’ Love to Learn week. The week runs from 23rd-27th January and involves a number of events for students ranging from sessions about Inter-Library loans to practical sessions on how to research assignments.

The week also includes study skills sessions, exhibitions of rare books and concludes with the return of library fine donation day. In March last year, the day raised £4525.30 for the Royal Holloway Rainforest project through Library fine donations alone. For a list of events during ‘Discover Your Library’ week visit:

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