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More study spaces in Bedford Library - available in the New Year!

Posted on 21/11/2011

`There was often little library space’, `The libraries are always packed…and it is difficult to find a seat’, ‘more space needed in library’ are just three of the many comments recently made about library study space.

The College has responded quickly to these concerns and is providing up to 90 more quiet study spaces on Level 1 of the Bedford Library, all to be in place by the beginning of the Spring term. The work will be carried out over the Christmas vacation and is scheduled for completion by January 8th.

Changes will include:

* Seminar Room and significant staff office space repurposed as study desks

* 10 height-adjustable desks for disabled users

* 28 additional PCs

* increased toilet provision

Some changes will also take place on Level 2 to accommodate library staff in a revised open plan office space. This will alter the positioning and layout of the group study rooms on Level 2 but will not reduce their number.

Impact on Service (10th December 2011 – 8thJanuary 2012)

Bedford Library

Access to Level 1 will be restricted to enable the work to be carried out:

  • There will not be any access to students or other Library users to Level 1 during this period but a retrieval service for books and journals will be put in place at specified times and will operate from the Helpdesk on Level 2.
  • Access to Levels 2 and 3 will be largely unaffected, and the Helpdesk and the Short Loan area will remain fully accessible, as will all the non-group room study spaces on these floors.
  • The group rooms will not be available on Level 2 or 3 during the dates given above. The bookable group study room on Level 3 will need to be used by library staff to enable the efficient throughput of new stock currently being bought by the Library, and the rooms on Level 2 will be within the building area as the new staff office and remodelled group study rooms are created.
  • The Customer Services Team in Bedford Library will be based on Level 2 from the New Year.

Founder’s Library

Some library staff will need to relocate to Founder’s Library. As a result:

  • four  individual AV viewing booths on the second floor have been relocated to the First Floor East area of the Founder’s Library
  • the Library information consultants’ helpdesk will move from room 105 to room 101.

The Library recognises the importance of this investment in additional study spaces and will make every effort to ensure that there is minimum disruption to service over the Christmas period.

  • Library opening hours between December 11th and January 8th will remain unchanged from those advertised at the beginning of the year
  • The Space to Study scheme will operate during this period (see http://www.rhul.ac.uk/forstudents/spacetostudy/home.aspx for more information, this webpage will be updated as more information becomes available).


Updates on the project and information about the library service during this period will be posted on the Library website at: www.rhul.ac.uk/library

For further information on these developments please contact: Matthew Brooke m.brooke@rhul.ac.uk;

John Tuck

Director of Library Services

November 18th 2011


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