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

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What’s happening with the Library refurbishment #edincampuslib

The HWU Edinburgh Campus Library refurbished project is progressing well
‘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?

December 2017
Refurbishment work is continuing – this is mainly on the Ground Floor as walls are being removed and new spaces created.  The new ceilings have been affixed and new windows are being installed.   The rails are down for the new mobile shelving system and the flooring will be completed by the end of the month.

 

Journals and Theses –  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 has been some noise disruption but we have tried 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 and  in some of the teaching rooms.
Check here for details

Transforming Your Library

This summer we will start work on a £6m library refurbishment project for the Cameron Smail Library (Edinburgh campus).  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, the refurbished study space in the Post Graduate Centre (due September 2017) providing 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.

Online booking of Study Rooms – Edinburgh Campus Library and Learning Commons

Booking study rooms in the Edinburgh Campus Library and Learning Commons

Library
21 Individual Study Rooms (Floor 2 & 3)
2 Group Study Rooms (Floor 2)
5 Group Study Tables (Floor 1)
These rooms are available
Monday – Friday 9.15am – 8.00pm,  Saturday – Sunday 10.15am – 7.15pm

Learning Commons
3 Group Study Rooms
These rooms are available to book Monday – Friday 11.15am – 4.15pm
(At other times when the building is open, the study rooms are available on a first come, first served basis)

To book a study room:

1.  Go to the Information Services Room Booking webpage or scan the QR code below
2.  Select the times you require (green = available).
3.  Enter your name,Heriot-Watt email address and ID number.
4.  Click Submit My Booking.

You will receive an email to confirm the booking.

Keys will be issued at the Service Desk at the start time – bring along your ID card and a note of the room number you have booked.

Please note: –

  • Study rooms can be booked online up to 3 days in advance
  • Bookings can be for up to  a maximum of 3 hours per day (Library) and for 2 hours per day (Learning Commons)
    This is to ensure that there is fair access to the rooms for as many students as possible – please don’t block book group rooms by separate members of the same group. 
  • If you do not show up within 15 minutes of the start time of your booking, the booking will be cancelled and reallocated to another student.
  • If you are unable to attend, you can cancel your booking anytime via the confirmation email.
  • Room keys must be returned promptly by the end of the booking time.

Making the Most of the Space #edincampuslib

With revision a top priority this week and exams starting next week it is important to ‘Make the Most of the Space’ in the Library at our Edinburgh Campus.

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Opening hours – Easter/Semester 2 break #edincampuslib

We are currently in the Semester 2 break which lasts until 21st April and includes the Easter weekend.
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Once the break is over, exams start from 24th April until 19th May which is the end of semester.

During this time the Edinburgh Campus library will remain open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Staff will be available to answer enquiries and provide help and support between 8:30am – 8:30pm Monday – Friday and 10:00am – 8:15pm at weekends.

The Learning Commons will be open Monday to Friday during the Semester break  apart from the Easter weekend (Friday 14th – Monday 17th April inclusive) when it will be unavailable for use due to building closure days.

If you require any more information, please check the Information Services webpages or contact us 

The library is getting a huge facelift

LibFeb25This summer we will start work on a £6m library refurbishment project for the Cameron Smail Library (Edinburgh campus).  This is something that we are all really excited about, as 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.

The Learning Commons (which we think of as the Library’s fifth floor) opened in September 2016. This was our test bed for the design of our learning spaces allowing us to try out new layouts and facilities.  It provided 200 study spaces in a variety of configurations, and we’ll be applying lessons learned from this to inform the type and style of spaces created in the refurbished library building.

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.

The problem is that we’re not going to manage to do all this without you noticing something is going on!  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 the library is quieter.

The Learning Commons, the refurbished study space in the Post Graduate Centre (due September 2017) providing 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.  More information about the refurbishment will be released over the coming weeks – but we thought we’d give you a “sneak preview” so you know what’s coming soon!

This month some pre-project survey work will take place – see Building Survey Works – Cameron Smail Library for full details.