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

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.