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Library open following major refurbishment

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The University Library is now open following its major refurbishment. Over £40 million has been invested into improving key features and facilities, including:

  • increased study space, including space to meet growing demand for group study.
  • new automated service to make borrowing and returning books quicker and easier (freeing up librarians’ time for helping students).
  • print hubs on Ground Floor and floors 1-4.
  • water fountains on floors 1-4.
  • expanded café, including new outdoor dining area.
  • new larger cycle sheds.
  • improved impact on the environment, with energy usage lowered by 40% and carbon emissions cut by 30%.

Security gates at the LibraryMinor finishing works will continue to take place as and when needed over the coming weeks. Any major work will take place outside of typical user hours.

Study space on campus

The Library now houses the largest collection of study spaces on campus. There are still plenty of other places on campus to go for studying – details of these can be found on the Study Space Across Campus Essentials page.   

Those returning to campus may note that the URS Building is being used for teaching this term and is no longer used as Library study space.

Where to get help

Water fountain in the Library

There are plenty of places within the Library you can get help. For general enquiries, including help with accounts or finding your way around, please use the Welcome Desk (Ground Floor). For expert advice on a range of study skills and resources in your subject area, please use the Study Advice and Maths Support Desk (Ground Floor). For IT enquiries, please visit the IT Service Desk (First Floor).

Maps of each floor are also available online – please take a look to see exactly where specific features are located within the building. 

URS building

The URS building will have no study spaces. Two of the building's teaching spaces, the Large Lecture Theatre and Room 2n09, will be used for lectures.

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