How do you use your Library?

As part of the Library redevelopment work we looked at how you used the refurbished third floor area during the few weeks after Easter to revise for exams and write your end of year assignments.

Staff noted how busy certain areas were and also took photos of how different spaces were being used. Some key observations included:

  • The most popular areas:
    • Desks near windows
    • Desks with a PC
    • Student Meeting Rooms
    • Some of the  large “pod” chairs in the corners of the floor
Empty spaces
Empty spaces
  • The number of “claimed” empty spaces, particularly in the Silent Silent Area where there were 32 spotted at one point during this period!
  • The number of different mobile devices you bring with you when you study and the fact that they are often all in use at the same time.
  • The full use of desk space with all necessary supplies!


  • The use of furniture, including how it is moved to create new types of spaces.

use of space

The aim of this work is to help ensure that the way you use Library space feeds into future redevelopment decisions. We’d also be happy to hear your comments about how it feels to use Library spaces. You can also tweet us your views @BeckettLibrary #librefurb


The work starts

As we come to the end of the first week with the contractors on site, we thought an update on how the work is progressing may be helpful.

The work is running to schedule and the clearing of the remaining fixtures and fittings has now been completed. The real demolition work will start next week. This is when the sledge hammers will come out and the internal walls will come down. The contractors have agreed to try to carry out the noisiest work outside of peak hours.

Hoist outside SSBOne of the large second floor windows has been removed and a hoist is now in place providing an interesting access route for the contractors and all the necessary materials to the second floor!

As part of general maintenance work two of the AET labs on the third floor; LS304 and LS305 will also be closed from Monday 22nd June for approximately six weeks. The Main IT lab; LS406 on the fourth floor will remain open as normal.

It labs at HY

Meanwhile work continues on refurbishing three of the IT labs at Headingley. When finished they will be lighter and brighter, similar to the labs that were refurbished in Summer 2014.

Have you spotted these?

Image of transfersIf you have walked through the Leslie Silver Building recently you may have seen our new display on the large Library windows. They provide a nice splash of colour as you walk through.

They list lots of things you can do and achieve when using the Library, as well as helping to keep you informed.

They’ve not gone unnoticed as we’ve already had a positive comment from a member of University staff.

Image of positive tweet about the new window signs

Why not let us know what you think of them! @beckettlibrary

The books have moved

Preparation work for the refurbishment of the second floor of the Sheila Silver Library continues at a fast pace.  Over 85,000 books and 474 bays of shelving have now been moved.

All of the books are now in their new homes. This has included moving stock into two IT labs (G28 and G29) on the ground floor.

G29 before and after the books arrive
G29 before and after the books arrive
Books 000-306.39 can now be found on the Ground floor
Books 000-306.39 can now be found on the Ground floor

The new locations for all of the book stock in the Library are:

  • 000-306.39 – Ground Floor
  • 306.4-339.99 – G29 Ground Floor
  • 340 -349.99 (Law) – Third Floor
  • 350 – 599.99 – G28 Ground Floor
  • 600-799.99 – First Floor
  • 800 – 999 – Third Floor

The archive which was previously on the second floor has also been packed up. Some items will be taken to the Headingley archive, but the majority has been put into storage. For more information about this please contact

Once all the books have been moved and the second floor has been cleared, the construction work will begin.

At Headingley Library work has now started on the refurbishment of the IT Labs.  Three of the IT Labs on the second floor (219, 221 and 225b) are being given a new look and feel to match the style of the labs that were revamped last summer.

empty labs
Work has now started on the refurbishment of the IT Labs on the second floor of Headingley Library

Keeping people in the know

One of the regular meetings of the Sheila Silver Library Stakeholder Group took place last week.  The group, chaired by Jo Norry, Director of Libraries and Learning Innovation, comprises representatives of our Faculties, Estates, Information, Media and Technology Services, the Students’ Union and LLI. Its aim is to gather input on the redevelopment project for the Library and to communicate about the project as it develops.  The ultimate aim is to create a space designed for 21st century learning and research, and the needs and preferences of 21st century students.

Kate Kluttz, Library Lending and Operations Development Manager, presented an update on the book moves and locations of key services and the numerous ways in which LLI is communicating with all those who use the Library (including this blog!), particularly because the work will carry on into the start of the Autumn term.

Sheila Silver Update May 2015