Central Library

The Central Library Building Project Phase 2 aims to improve cooling and ventilation systems throughout the Central Library

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Tuesday 21 March - level 4 closed early morning

Level 4 will be closed 02.00am to 09.00am Tuesday 21 March.

Erection of hoardings

Hoardings are now being installed around the work site inside the Library across all floors. There is some construction work throughout the day, with associated noise. Noisy work to the structure of the building is restricted to 06.00 - 09.00 Monday to Friday and 08.00 - 13.00 on Saturdays.

Book and furniture moves

Book and furniture moves on all levels are complete. A Store fetching service is in operation for books in the range 750-999 and ESE Series .

Background to the project

Student feedback has highlighted problems with temperature control in the Central Library. This building work, which will represent a substantial investment in the College’s academic and student experience, seeks to address these issues and improve the working environment.

Initial building works are now taking place to allow the full project to go ahead in the summer.

Noisy structural work is scheduled to take place between the hours of 06.00 and 09.00 Monday – Friday and 08.00 – 13.00 on Saturday.  There will be periods where there is some lower level construction noise throughout the day but we will work wherever possible to cause minimum disruption to students working in the library. The works will stop entirely in April for the revision and exam period. We will be able to provide further updates as the project plan is refined in the coming months.

The timetabling of the works has been undertaken both with a view to minimising disruption to our services during term time, and to give us the best opportunity possible to deliver material improvements to climate control on the upper two library floors of Central Library towards the beginning of the next academic year.

Noisy works 

Hoardings are now being installed around the work site inside the Library across all floors. In order to meet our requirement to halt all work before the revision and exam period, there is some construction work throughout the day, with associated noise.

We are working closely with the contractors to minimise the noise and focus as much of the work as early in the day as possible.

Once the soundproof hoardings are complete any day-to-day work inside it should cause minimal disruption.  Noisy work to the structure of the building is restricted to 06.00 - 09.00 Monday to Friday and 08.00 - 13.00 on Saturdays.

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Project timeline

The information below is indicative and subject to change. We will continue to update this page with more information as it becomes available.

January - July 2017
DatesActivity
 Thursday 12 January - Tuesday 7 February  

Books and journals from levels 3 to 5 will be moved to make space for the preliminary building works. Furniture and PCs on all floors will be moved. Following the moves some parts of our collection will be held in the library store. We will operate a retrieval service for items in the store. We will relocate as many PCs as possible to other locations around the building.

 Monday 30 January - Friday 24 February

Installation of scaffolding and protective hoardings on the outside of the building.

 Friday 20 January - Tuesday 7 March

Installation of protective soundproofed hoardings on each floor, working from level 5 down. Noisy structural work will be restricted to 06.00 - 09.00 am Monday to Friday and 08.00 - 13.00 Saturday. There will be periods where there is some lower level construction noise throughout the day.

 Monday 20 February – Sunday 2 April 

Preliminary building work begins, working from level 5 down. Noisy work will be restricted to 06.00 - 09.00 am Monday to Friday and 08.00 - 13.00 Saturday. There will be periods where there is some lower level construction noise throughout the day. 

 Monday 3 April – Friday 7 July All work stops for revision and exam period.
Project timeline – January to July 2017