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Summer refurbishment of Level 4

Work begins to create new silent study area

This summer we will be creating an enhanced silent study area on the Library’s fourth floor. We will be providing over sixty additional study spaces: traditional partitioned desks (including height-adjustable ones), some individual study booths and a small amount of soft seating. The area will continue to be for silent, individual study only.

Last year we created a new group study area on the first floor which has proved to be a great successHowever, our feedback has demonstrated that there is also a significant demand for a more attractive silent study zone for users who prefer to work in a quieter environment. 

During the last two decades there has been a major shift in the way scholarly journals are produced and consumed. They are now almost universally published electronically and most articles are read online. This has meant that much of our collection of printed journals is hardly used, whilst continuing to take up almost a whole floor of the Library. Meanwhile, demand for study spaces in the Library has become critical. Over the past few months, our Subject Librarians have been analysing our printed journal collections. In some cases, where we have secured permanent access to online versions of these journals (including backfiles) we will be withdrawing the printed copies completely; in other cases we will be moving them to our Store in Russell Square, from where they can be requested. The small number of journals which are still used regularly (for example, some art publications where print is still the best format) will remain in place. This is in line with our recently published Collection Development Policy

Starting on Thursday 29 June, we will begin moving the journals that have been identified for relocation or withdrawal. The work will be carried out by Kingdom staff between 10am-4.30pm. During this time, the fourth floor will be closed to Library users in order to minimise disruption. We expect there will be a small amount of noise disturbance while this takes place. 

Published: 27 June 2017