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.

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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.