It’s been a busy week

Library staff and our suppliers and contractors have all had a very busy week as the Sheila Silver Library refurbishment has got under way. Work has started to clear the second floor ready for its update. The book stock is being moved and the PCs have been disconnected and packed up. The majority of the 186 bays of books moving to the first floor are now in their new home. That’s more than 33,480 books moved in one week! Remember if you’re looking for a book whilst all this movement is taking place, the best option is to put a hold on it. Please ask Library staff if you’ve not done this before, or have a look at our handy hold video Please note that your holds could take slightly longer to arrive than normal as we may have to check a number of trolleys / shelves on a number of floors to find the book! G28-29 The remaining books on the second floor will begin their journey to the ground floor next week. Two ground floor IT labs (G28 & G29) have been cleared to make way for them. IMG_0632 Meanwhile back at Headingley Library we’re loving our brightly coloured edition to the ground floor.  These are the lockers which have been installed for 24/7 self service laptop loans, due to be up and running for September 2015.


How many?…!

Work began today on moving over 85,000 books to their temporary locations in the Library as part of the refurbishment. In detail:

  • 108 bays of books will move from the ground floor to the first floor = 648 shelves = approx. 19440 books (based on an average of 30 books per shelf)
  • 78 bays will move from the second to the first floor = 468 shelves = approx. 14040 books
  • 288 bays will move from the second to the ground = 1728 shelves = approx. 51840

So that also means lots of trolleys to transport them!


More information where all the books will be found from the end of the week is available here but if you’re looking for a book whilst they are being moved the best thing to do is to put a Hold on it. Please ask Library staff for help if you’ve not done this before or take a look at our web page and video.

Let the “refurb” work begin!

Preparation work for the refurbishment of the second floor at the Sheila Silver Library has now started. The Academic Librarians have been on the move and can now be found in LS104 on the first floor of the Library, along with other members of LLI’s Academic Support Team.

The next big job is the removal of the book stock, PCs and furniture from the second floor. This will start on Saturday 23rd May and will take just over a week.

TDSC_1176he book stock is being relocated to the ground floor and the first floor. More information about their new home(s) can be found here

The second floor will be closed to all students, staff and visitors from Tuesday 26th May. If you need a book from the second floor whilst it is travelling around the Library to its new home, please put a hold on it or ask Library staff at the Help and Information Point.

Some of the book stock is being moved to the IT labs on the ground floor; G28 & G29. These labs will be closed from Saturday 23rd May so that the PCs can be disconnected and the furniture moved ready for the arrival of the book stock the following week.

MeaPerson fixing new shelvingnwhile at Headingley Library…..

Our Estates department have started to install the fixings for our new self service laptop lockers. This pilot scheme is due to start over the summer and will enable us to provide 24/7 access to laptops for the new academic year.

Picture of a refurbished IT lab in Headingley Library

Work in three IT teaching labs in the Headingley Library will also take place this summer.  Rooms 219, 221, and 225b will be given an new look and feel similar to the labs which were refurbished in 2014.

Welcome to the new Leeds Beckett Library Blog!

This is the first post on our new Library Blog, we’ve set this up to keep you up to date with the next stage of the Sheila Silver Library refurbishment. We’ll also let you know about other developments and changes in both campus Libraries.

Fol141201_library-city_DSC_6910lowing on from the refurbishment of the third floor last summer, work starts at the end of May on the second floor. This will continue into the Autumn term and the floor is due to be reopened in early November.  It will mean some disruption at the start of term but we’re sure it will be worth it!  The new floor will provide an improved study environment with a similar design and colour scheme to the third floor.

We’ve listened to your feedback as you’ve used the third floor during the year and your comments and suggestions have been fed into the planning process.  As a result the newly refurbished floor will include another Postgraduate research room, a printer hub, a separate silent study area and plug and USB ports at the study spaces.  Book stock for health, business and the arts (600-799) will be available on this floor. 141201_library-city_DSC_6687 new one from steve

We will also be creating some smaller meeting rooms so that there will be a variety available throughout the Library and clustering them so they are easier to find.

The Library will remain open 24/7 and staffed as usual throughout, with existing services and study spaces available in temporary locations. Books will be located throughout the Library including in G28 and G29 on the ground floor so please ask staff for help or pick up a leaflet to find out where they are.

To keep up to date with what’s happening in the Library take a look at our website or follow us on Twitter @beckettlibrary.