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Library refurbishment project

In response to feedback from students via the Birkbeck and National Student Surveys, the College is refurbishing the Library. The refurbishment project will be split into two phases to minimise disruption to students.

Phase one (summer 2019)

  • We will increase the number of study spaces, including areas for collaborative working, create a larger silent study space, build additional rooms for disabled students and improve teaching facilities for library and study skills workshops.
  • The work will not start until the end of the summer term (15 July 2019) but there will be some disruption during the first two weeks of July as shelving and furniture is moved in preparation for the project.
  • The Library will remain open throughout the summer (with full access to books) although some areas will be inaccessible, including the Accessibility Centre and the Group Study Area.
  • Alternative study spaces are available in the Malet Street building from 15 July:
    • Silent study: 351, 352 and 355
    • Group study: 402
    • Computer rooms: 416, 417 (both available from 24 June), 457 and 458
  • A small area of four adjustable tables with PCs and a printer has been set up within the Library on Level 3. Login to these PCs will be limited to disabled and dyslexic students.
    Toilets in the Library and on the ground floor will be unavailable until the end of September. During this time, the nearest available toilets will be on the lower ground floor.
  • The work is scheduled to end before the beginning of the 2019–2020 academic year.
  • To make space for the refurbishment, a portion of the library stock has been moved to local storage. All of the volumes moved are now available within two hours, via a fetching service.

Phase two (summer 2020)

  • The entrance to the Library will move to the first floor and a new helpdesk will be created to enable students to access more Birkbeck services in one place.
  • Further details about the timings and alternative study arrangements will be published in early 2020.