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.