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Library study space: relocation to URS

Library study space: relocation to URS

Study space will relocate from the Library into the URS Building.

From Tuesday 18 April, all study space inside the Library will have moved into the URS Building. 

This means that:

  • Moving study space from the Library to URS will provide a quieter environment for study.
  • It’s still close to the Library, so you won’t have to travel far for a quieter place to study. 
  • The Course Collection will move into URS to enable easy access to essential materials.
  • Other resources will remain in the Library for borrowing as usual. 
  • The majority of Library staff will move into URS, but there will still be staff in the Library to help out. Information Desks will be set up in each building. 
  • Opening times for URS will be the same as the Library is now – URS will be open 24/6+ during term time (closed Saturday nights). 
  • The Library will open for additional 24/6+ hours during the Easter vacation from Monday 3 – Tuesday 11 April for revision purposes. From Tuesday 18 April the Library will open from 9.00am – 10.00pm seven days per week during term time.
  • These arrangements will be in place until August 2018, at which point facilities will move back into the Library.

The move will take place during the Easter vacation. Students are being notified and will receive an email next week.  

Library Access 

Study space inside the Library building will be available at a reduced capacity up until Tuesday 11 April. As part of the moving preparation, IT will not be available in the Library building on Tuesday 11 April

The Library will be closed over the University closure days at Easter (Wednesday 12 – Monday 17 April), with the Course Collection moving into URS during this time. The Library will also close for the weekend of Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 April, closing at 5.00pm on Friday 31 March. 

The Library will open for additional 24/6+ hours during the Vacation from Monday 3 – Tuesday 11 April for revision purposes.  From Tuesday 18 April the Library building will open from 9.00am – 10.00pm seven days per week during term time.

Alternative study space

The Library refurbishment is a complex project – we’re doing everything we can to minimise disruption to our students and their studies wherever possible.  

Along with URS, there are many other spaces that can be used for quiet study, subject to teaching timetabling and departmental use.

  • A list of alternative space has been prepared to highlight available spaces across our Whiteknights and London Road campuses. To request an update to this list, please email communications@reading.ac.uk.   
  • The Study@TOB2 is a new area created within the converted music practice rooms in TOB 2, Earley Gate. As RUSU’s sister building to The Study, it provides an additional 64 spaces for individual and group study, and includes a printer, full Wi-Fi and plenty of plugs for laptops. 
  • The Free Room Finder lets students find rooms available for immediate use. Please note that this is not a room-booking tool
  • All of the above is easily accessed via the Library Refurbishment project page: www.reading.ac.uk/library/refurb.

Spaces within each building will be available on a first-come first-served basis; however, priority will be given to students wanting to use alternative study space within their subject-area building. 

Further information on the Library refurbishment project can be found at www.reading.ac.uk/library/refurb

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