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

 

What’s happening with the Library refurbishment #edincampuslib

The HWU Edinburgh Campus Library is going to be refurbished – we are ‘Transforming Your Library’ 
We will keep you updated through these blog posts and through our social media channels.  As well as details of the exciting new developments, 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?

   
Monday 24th July

 

Ground Floor will continue to be closed for enabling work
Floor 1 and floor 2 will be open as normal
Floor 3there will be work to replace the ceiling slats on Floor 3 between Monday 24th July and Friday 28th July
The floor will be still open for study space and to use PCs but some areas will be cordoned off and access may be limited.

Enabling work on Floor 3 has involved moving some journals to off-site storage and removing some shelving.  This means that we have been able to create more space for study tables and chairs.  These will be moved into place in August in time for the new semester.

 

 

 

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

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.

WP_20170324_08_39_08_Pro

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.

thumbnail_wp_20160906_005

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.

TransformingYourlibrary

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.

Monitoring 1Monitoring2

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.
easter semester break

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.

Building survey works – Cameron Smail Library

In preparation for the £6M 2 year refurbishment of the Cameron Smail Library, areas must be briefly closed off for surveys between 14th and 23rd February (for more information on the refurbishment see The library is getting a huge facelift)

The library will be open at all times, however, each floor will either have limited access or be closed at some time – details below.

prepworkschedule

Study spaces are available as normal across the rest of the campus – in the Learning Commons, the top floor of the Post Graduate Centre and James Watt Centre.  See Study Spaces for full details.

If you have any queries regarding access to the library building during this time please speak to our staff at the Customer Service Desk.

Staff ID cards

Staff ID cards can be printed for staff at the Edinburgh Campus from the Library Service Desk between 9.00am and 11.00am Monday to Friday and between 10.00am and 12.00 noon at weekends.  Staff ID cards enable you to borrow and return books in the library, use the printers and also can be set up by your dept for access to buildings.

In order to have a card printed, you need to fill out a staff registration form and have your photo taken for the card which will then be printed out.  Documentation is also needed to confirm that you are employed by the university e.g. contract letter, payslip.
All details of the staff registration form must be completed including Employee Number which is essential.

It is also possible to send details for a staff ID card in advance as this will save time and be easier and more convenient for you.

You will need to provide the following:

  1. A photo
    Similar to a passport photo so clearly identifiable and good quality and against a light, plain background
    Saved as a JPEG
  2. A completed Staff Registration Form (or all of the information required for the Staff Registration Form) (see below)

Email the photo as an attachment with the form / form details to ServiceDesk@hw.ac.uk

  • Once we have checked the details, a card will be printed for you and we will contact you by email to let you know that the card is ready to pick up from the Service Desk in the library.
  • Please collect between 9.00am-11.00am Monday to Friday (or 10.00am to 12.00pm Saturday and Sunday) whenever possible.
  • You will need to bring documentation to confirm that you are a member of staff at Heriot-Watt University e.g. contract letter, payslip
Staff Registration Form for ID card
Title (Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms, Prof, Dr)
First Name
Last Name
Employee Number
Job Title
Username
Email address ( * @hw.ac.uk)
Barcode number
(if you have already have/had a library card / staff ID card)
Room number, Building name, School
Contract (permanent, fixed term with date)

 

Seats and food and drink in the Library #edincampuslib

The Library at our Edinburgh Campus is very busy at the moment due to the revision and exam period.  On an average day we have a footfall of over 3,000 people coming into the library building and an occupancy of over 600 in the middle of the day.
Therefore we have to ‘make the most of the space’ in order that all students who need to study can do so in a suitable environment. This can be done by avoiding leaving unattended items at study tables as this stops other students from being able to use the space.  Also making sure that the space is kept clean and tidy by putting rubbish in bins and only eating food on the main entrance floor (floor 1 ) of the library.  Drinks can be taken to other floors to consume while studying, but food should be eaten in the cafe area.
We appreciate your help with this, it does make a difference to everyone.

food-in-library