What’s happening with the Library refurbishment #edincampuslib

Update on the HWU Edinburgh Campus Library refurbishment project.   

Phases 5 – Floor 2 and the East Stairs
We are now in the final phase of the Library refurbishment project which is mainly work on Floor 2 of the Library building.  It has involved demolition and building work and the installation of new windows and floors.  There are a variety of study rooms and study areas being constructed and new shelving for the book stock.
The completion date for this phase of the refurbishment is the beginning of September.

Remedial work
There is also some remedial taking place to work on other floors that have been refurbished.  During July and August, ceiling tiles will be removed on Floor 1 to replace vents and ducts for fire safety purposes.  This will not involve any closure of student study space on Floor 1 although sections may be out of use for short periods of time.
Similar remedial work will take place on the Ground Floor during August and September and the area will be out of use during this time.
A book fetching service  will be operating to retrieve books from the Ground Floor during this time – please ask at the Library Service Desk.

Flooding damage
After the flooding last week on campus, there was some damage to the floors on the Ground Floor.  Work is underway to dry out the area and replace carpets so the area is not accessible at the moment.  Please ask at the Service Desk for the book fetching service.

 

ID cards for access through the entry gates to the Library  have been activated for current students as they have come into the Library building.

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 currently open 9:00 – 5:00 Monday to Friday

Any questions or for more information, 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

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.

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