What’s happening with the Library refurbishment #edincampuslib

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

What is happening when?
The Ground Floor refurbishment work is completed.
The study space is available for use and has new furniture in place.  It is a silent study space and although drinks can be taken into the area, food is not allowed.
The shelving is for journals and theses and also, in the future, for some of the book collection.
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The entrance to the Library has changed and is now to the left of the usual main entrance.  There are signs pointing to the new temporary entrance.

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Access to Floor 1, Floor 2 and Floor 3 is possible by going along the ground floor corridor and up the main stairs.  The lift is also available – this lift is will be refurbished in the next phase of the project as it is outdated for the number of people using it.
We apologise for any inconvenience – we are working to make access to the Library more accessible and also working on how to open up more areas within the building which are currently staff areas.  This will provide more accessible toilet facilities.
The main entrance will be back in use in Summer 2018.

Construction work is underway on Floor 1 of the Library.
The Service Desk and cafe are fully operational and there are some study spaces in the service Desk area.
Floor 2 and Floor 3 of the Library are open as usual.  Two of the individual study rooms are being adjusted to provide assistive technology facilities.
Journals and Theses –  currently, some journals and theses have been moved to off-site storage.  If you require access to these resources, please ask at the Service Desk.

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

There will be some noise disruption but we will try to minimise this as much as possible.  Ear plugs are available at the Service Desk.

Study spaces are available in the Learning Commons 1 and in Learning Commons 2

 

Transforming Your Library

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 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 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.