Library opening hours – Easter weekend #edincampuslib

The Library at our Edinburgh Campus will be open over the Easter weekend – Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April inclusive.  The library will be staffed as usual so we will be around to answer enquiries.  The study spaces will be available and PCs, printers and self-service book issue and return.

The entrance to the Library is still via the temporary entrance to the left of the main entrance and along the ground floor corridor and up the main staircase.  The lift has been out of order and we are working with Estates to get it fixed as soon as possible.  Please ask at the Service Desk if you have any problems.

Maintenance work to the water supply will take place on Good Friday 30th March between 6:00am – 12:00 noon in the Library building.  There should be enough water stored to still be able to use the toilets.  The water fountain will not be available.
Other toilet facilities will be available in the main University building and the Learning Commons between 10:00am – 2:00pm.

 

 

What’s happening with the Library refurbishment #edincampuslib

The HWU Edinburgh Campus Library refurbished project is progressing well.
An overview of the project details how we are  ‘Transforming Your Library’  
We will keep you updated through these blog posts and through our social media channels.  There will be news of the exciting new developments and we will keep you updated as to which spaces and resources are available in the Library during the enabling and refurbishing works.

What is happening when?
The Ground Floor refurbishment work is completed.
The study space is available for use and has new furniture in place.  It is a silent study space and although drinks can be taken into the area, food is not allowed.
The shelving is for journals and theses and also, in the future, for some of the book collection.
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The entrance to the Library has changed and is now to the left of the usual main entrance.  There are signs pointing to the new temporary entrance.

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Access to Floor 1, Floor 2 and Floor 3 is possible by going along the ground floor corridor and up the main stairs.  The lift is also available – this lift is will be refurbished in the next phase of the project as it is outdated for the number of people using it.
We apologise for any inconvenience – we are working to make access to the Library more accessible and also working on how to open up more areas within the building which are currently staff areas.  This will provide more accessible toilet facilities.
The main entrance will be back in use in Summer 2018.

Construction work is underway on Floor 1 of the Library.
The Service Desk and cafe are fully operational and there are some study spaces in the service Desk area.
Floor 2 and Floor 3 of the Library are open as usual.  Two of the individual study rooms are being adjusted to provide assistive technology facilities.
Journals and Theses –  currently, some journals and theses have been moved to off-site storage.  If you require access to these resources, please ask at the Service Desk.

How do I get help if needed?
Ask at the Service Desk at the Edinburgh campus library or contact us by email or phone
https://www.hw.ac.uk/is/contactvisit-us.htm

There will be some noise disruption but we will try to minimise this as much as possible.  Ear plugs are available at the Service Desk.

Study spaces are available in the Learning Commons 1 and in Learning Commons 2

 

Reduced opening hours of Library – Friday 26th January (Edinburgh Campus)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Today, 22nd December, is the last day that the Edinburgh Campus Library and IT Helpdesk will be open this year.  We will re-open after the holidays at 9:00am Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

We hope you have had a good year and wish you all the best for 2018.

For opening hours of all our libraries over the holiday season, please check the  Information Services website

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Information Services 2017 – in pictures

Reading Lunch and Book Swap #BookWeekScot

We are holding a Reading Lunch and Book Swap in our Edinburgh Campus Library for Book Week Scotland.

When: Thursday 30th November 12:00 – 14:00
Where: Anderson Room, Cameron Smail Library, Edinburgh Campus
Who: Everyone welcome – students, staff, visitors
What: Bring your own book and sit and read
If you have any books you would like to swap, bring them along
What else: Bring your lunch – cake is provided!

Reading lunches are happening all over Scotland for Book Week Scotland

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Making the Most of the Space – Love your Library, Keep it Tidy #edincampuslib

The Edinburgh Campus Library is a great space to study, individually and as a group.
It is very popular so we rely on everyone to help keep it tidy.
We understand that it is convenient to have food and drink in the Library for when you’re studying for long periods, so sandwiches and snacks are ok but not hot food.

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Making the Most of the Space #edincampuslib #studyspace

Revision and exam time means that our Edinburgh Campus Library is very busy and study spaces are in high demand.  In order to Make the Most of the Space, it is important to keep noise levels at an acceptable level.
Floor 1 (entrance floor) and Floor 3 (top floor) are study areas where quiet discussion is acceptable.
Floor 2 is a silent working area.
Please use the Library responsibly and think of other students.

 

Opening hours – Edinburgh Campus Library #edincampuslib

The opening hours of our Edinburgh Campus Library will be extended from Monday 31st July 2017 in order to increase access to study space during the August re-sits.

From Monday 31st July, the library will be open Monday to Thursday 9:00am- 8:00pm and Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm.  We will continue to be closed at weekends.

These opening hours will continue until the first week of Semester 1 when they will increase again.  From Monday September 11th, the Library will be open 24/7.

The Learning Commons is open as usual from 6:00am to midnight

Lib opening hours Aug 17

 

Transforming Your Library

The £6m library refurbishment project for the Cameron Smail Library (Edinburgh campus) commenced in the summer of 2017.  The refurbishment will transform the library into a modern, flexible and comfortable environment for everyone that uses it. Staff, students and consultants have worked together to agree on the design for the space, and this huge investment by the university demonstrates our commitment to working with you to improve your experience at Heriot-Watt University.

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The Learning Commons which opened last year has been very successful and well used by many students and staff.  It provides 200 study and learning spaces in various configurations and this will inform the type and style of spaces that are to be created in the refurbished library building.

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The project will run for 2 years, and will result in more study spaces (up to over 1000 from the current 825), an improved working environment with a variety of collaborative study spaces, double the number of accessible study rooms and improved layout of library stock. There will also be more desk space, more space between work areas, more PC workstations and many other improvements to the building itself to help future proof it.

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The library will remain open throughout the project, but there will be times when there is restricted access to areas, noise and some disruption.  We will try to keep this to a minimum, and plan the more intrusive work for times when there is  low demand for the library .

The Learning Commons 2, the refurbished study space in the Post Graduate Centre opened in September 2017 and provides nearly 100 study spaces for all students (not just PGs) and several other study spaces will be available across campus – see Study Spaces.

We’ll keep you informed about what’s due to happen when and let you know how things are going as the project progresses.