The Grove Wing in the Sydney Jones Library reopens today following refurbishment over the summer.
The project, which follows feedback from students and staff, has created an additional 282 study spaces, including 100 new PCs, as well as improvements to toilet facilities and the general environment. The new space has been made without removing any of the arts, humanities and social sciences book stock that makes the Sydney Jones Library a nationally significant collection.
It has also created an improved Research Hub close to the Special Collections and Archives with enhancements to the Researcher Reading Room, new lockers, and a manual mobile shelving system containing a significant proportion of the printed journal collection. The new system replaces the old static shelving and allows the collection to be housed in one place, whilst creating space for the new study areas.
The project is part of the Library’s commitment to continual improvement in its services and aims to enhance the student and staff experience by responding to the increasing demand for additional study space.
Commenting on the work, University Librarian Phil Sykes said: “One of the glories of our library is the breadth of our book collections. This is a huge attraction for researchers in the arts and humanities but we have to balance that with the need to provide study spaces and this project sensibly reconciles those two things.
“It is a tribute to the ingenuity of the staff who worked on the project that we have managed to create so many additional study spaces yet preserve our book collections in their entirety.”
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Dinah Birch added: “The creation of 280 extra spaces in the Sydney Jones Library will significantly enhance facilities for private study, which we know are greatly valued by our students. This welcome development has been achieved while maintaining the Library’s stock of printed materials, which has a richness and diversity which is exceptional among universities of our size, and represents an invaluable resource.”
Work is also nearly finished on the £2.6 million refurbishment of the Harold Cohen Library which will provide a new look reception area, an additional 220 study spaces, more power sockets, more social seating space, as well as a postgraduate study room and eight new bookable group study rooms.
For further information or to discuss the projects please contact Lesley Butler, Harold Cohen Customer Services, on email@example.com or 0151 794 5413, Laura Dunn, Sydney Jones Customer Services, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0151 794 2685, or Andrew Barker, Head of Academic Liaison, Special Collections and Archives on email@example.com or 0151 794 2682.