What’s happening with the Library refurbishment #edincampuslib

The HWU Edinburgh Campus Library refurbished project is progressing well.
An overview of the project details can be found at 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.

Phases of the project
The refurbishment project is now in Phase 4 and Phase 5 will begin in April 
Phase 4 includes work to Floor 3 of the Library and also the main stairs.
It will be finished in April.  There will be study space and PCs and some of the book stock.
The refurbished Floor 3 will provide 387 study seats – the total in the library for during phase 5 is 615 and increase of almost 200 from Phase 4.

Phase 5 work, Floor 2, will start in April.  There will be demolition work starting at the beginning of Phase 5 and therefore we are promoting alternative study space across campus.  Study spaces can be found in Learning Commons 1, Learning Commons 2, James Watt Centre, Teaching Rooms x 16.
There is also going to be study space available in Oriam – in the Bistro and also in the space above the exam hall (details to follow).

Location of Books in the Library
Currently we have books on Floor 2 and on the Ground Floor.
The books with class numbers 000 – 539 are located on the Ground Floor.
The books with class numbers 540 – 999 are  located on Floor 2.
In April some books will move from Floor 2 to Floor 3, and some books will move offsite until the summer. Check here for details.

The Quick Reference, Dictionaries and Dissertations have also been moved to the Ground Floor.  Please take care when using the mobile shelving and check that other students or staff are not already in the gaps between shelves when you move them.

Searching for books on Discovery

There is now a Map it feature in Discovery which means that when searching for a book and viewing the results, there will be an option to view the location where the book can be found.

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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

Progress is being made on configuring ID cards for access through the entry gates to the Library and this should be in place for current students before the end of semester.

Student lockers are available in the Library – details at the Service Desk and these will be issued via the Library Management System in the same way as books.

The Library is open 24/7 until May 16th/17th

Relocation of book stock – Edinburgh Campus Library

Relocation of book stock in the Edinburgh Campus Library

From Monday 1st April 2019, as part of the Library Refurbishment Project, there will be a number of book moves within the Library and to offsite storage.
We are working to ensure that access to the print book collection continues at this time and have put additional services in place to support this.

  • Books with shelf marks 621.4 – 999 approx. will be moved from Floor 2 to Floor 3 to new shelving in the refurbished area of the Library.
  • Books with shelf marks 540 – 621.3973 approx. will be moved to offsite storage and will return before the beginning of next Semester.

Accessing books

Books that are remaining in the Library will continue to be available for use by students and staff. 

Between  1st April and 12th April, Floor 2 will be open for study space; and books will be accessible before they are moved.

Once books are moved to Floor 3, a fetching service will be provided from the Library Service Desk on request.
From 16th April, Floor 2 will close and Floor 3 will be open for study space and access to books, increasing capacity in the Library by approx. 200 seats.

Books that are due to move offsite are available to borrow as usual up until 12th April.
If you have plans to use specific books between April and August, please borrow them before 12th  April.

Once moved offsite, books will be available upon request. 
A retrieval service similar to the current journal and thesis service will be available.
If a book is requested before 12:00 noon then it will be available the following day. (During the move this will be within 48 rather than 24 hours).

Please contact the Library Service Desk in person
or by email ServiceDesk@hw.ac.uk
or by phone 0131 451 3577 for more information and to request books.

 

PC lab availability Edinburgh Campus

Just a quick reminder that it is possible to check PC lab availability online across the Edinburgh Campus.  This will be especially useful in the next few weeks as the PC lab on the top floor of the Library will be closed for refurbishment.

Some of the rooms may be used for teaching, so please check the Edinburgh campus teaching timetable. Some also have restricted access – see the table key for details.

Data is accurate to within ten minutes – please report any PCs in an unusable condition to ithelp@hw.ac.uk (x4045).

PC availability within Edinburgh Campus labs

PC lab availability

Printers in the Library (Edinburgh Campus)

The printers / MFDs have been moved from the top floor (Floor 3) in order to prepare that area for refurbishment.

The new locations are:

Ground Floor – Black & white printer – in the new study area immediately as you go in the door on the left.

Floor 1 – Black & white printer and colour printer – in the new print area adjacent to the Service Desk

Floor 2 – Colour printer – in the silent PC lab

If you need any help please ask at the Service Desk

Remember to exit and log out when you have finished printing.

There are also MFDs in Learning Commons 1 and Learning Commons 2

 

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I.D. cards needed for entry to the Library – Edinburgh Campus

The entrance area of the Library has been refurbished and now includes access gates.  To enter the Library via the access gates, students and staff will need to use their I.D. cards.

Entrance turnstiles

Follow the signs to show which gate to enter or exit and then place your card on the circular reader.  The gate will then open.

 

ID cards are needed to enter and exit the Library building.
If you need assistance, there are Library staff on hand to help at the Service Desk and there is an intercom next to the gates.
Student cards are available at enrolment and from the Student Service Centre.
Staff cards are available from the Library Service Desk.  Please email ServiceDesk@hw.ac.uk and details will be sent to you.

 

 

Extended Opening hours – Library – Edinburgh Campus #edincampuslib

Today, Monday 30th July, is the start of our extended opening hours for exam resit study.
The Edinburgh Campus Library will be open Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 8:00pm and Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm.
This will continue until the beginning of semester when 24/7 opening will begin.

Opening hours summer 2018

The Library is in the middle of a major refurbishment programme and we have a new entrance and Service Desk.  You will need your student / staff ID card in order to enter the Library.

Entrance turnstiles

 

 

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.

 

 

Information Services 2017 – in pictures

Transforming Your Library

Update 2018

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 worked together to agree on the design for the space, and the huge investment by the university demonstrates the commitment to working with you to improve your experience at Heriot-Watt University.

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The Learning Commons which opened in 2016 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 is now in the second year of the building programme.  The Ground Floor, main entrance and half of Floor 1 is complete.  The rest of Floor 1 will be complete by November 2018.  When the project is finished, there will be 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 has remained open throughout the project so far and will continue to do so.  There have been 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.