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2026: Transform: new Library entrance open

Library new entrance

The Library refurbishment is progressing with the new entrance now being opened and the existing revolving door no longer in use. The new entrance is accessible and the out-of-hours book drop is still available. Although the entrance has been opened, work is not yet complete. For now, please use the door on the side closest to the URS Building. Once the project is complete, doors on both sides of the entrance will be available. The existing entrance will be removed and remodelled completing the new frontal façade in Spring 2019.

You will have seen preparation begin for the demolition of the lift and stairs with acoustic partitions being put in place. The demolition itself will begin in early 2019 and you may experience construction noise, despite the acoustic partitions to help reduce the volume. There will still be access to upper floors and quiet study space available in the Library@URS as well as the variety of alternative study space options across campus.. Demolishing this staircase will create space for print hubs on every floor and a silent study PC area on the 5th floor.

Although the stairs behind the existing lifts are out of use, access will be maintained to at least two of the lifts throughout the works. The central staircase leading up from the main hall will remain the main stairs, with other stairs around the edges of the building available for emergency evacuation. 

The refurbishment forms part of the University’s ambitious 2026: TRANSFORM capital investment programme, which focuses on improving campus facilities and supporting the student experience.

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