Test a chair at Sheila Silver Library!

We will soon be undertaking some reconfiguration and decoration of the ground floor of the Sheila Silver Library.

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Before we start the work and buy new study chairs we need your help!

There are currently samples of the some of the new chairs clustered round one of the tables on the ground floor.

If you’re coming into the library why not have a sit on some of the chairs and tell us what you think?

All of the chairs have been labeled with their names so you know which chair is which. The names include; “Bethan”, “Joy”, “Flex”, “Hitch” and “Max”. There is a whiteboard next to the table awaiting your comments.

The board will stay on the ground floor for a couple of weeks, so please do tell us your views. You can also tweet us @BeckettLibrary #librefurb.

 

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Sheila Silver Library Refurbishment: choices and compromises – responding to your feedback

While we’re really excited about the newly refurbished first floor of the Sheila Silver Library, we know it’s not perfect.  We’ve received a lot of comments on the whiteboards we put out for your feedback asking us why we made the changes we did—many students really liked having the bookstock on the ground floor and the big open study space on the first floor!  So we thought we’d share some background about why we made the changes we did, and what you can look forward to in the future.

To summarise what’s happened: before this phase of the refurbishment, books 001-599 were temporarily located on the ground floor.  During 2015-16, the entire first floor book room was full of study tables and PCs. Now that we’ve refurbished, the first floor is similar to the second and third floors and the book room contains a mixture of bookshelves and group study furniture and PCs. Rooms 104 and 105 are also available for group study.

Why did you move the books back onto the first floor?

Rooms G28 and G29 (which temporarily contained bookstock) had to be turned back into teaching labs for 2016-17. These are some of the only labs on campus large enough to hold the larger student groups of 40 or more. So we had to move the books out of those rooms and replace them with as many PC desks as possible—these rooms are an essential part of University teaching space.

By the way, don’t forget that any time a lab isn’t timetabled for a class, you can walk in and use a PC!  That’s 44 PCs in G28 and 43 PCs in G29, plus a few extra desks in each room if you want to use a laptop.  This is in addition to the other teaching labs on the first, second, and third floors.

But you could have left the books in the area near the entrance and still had some extra study space on first.

Yes, but we are expecting the ground floor to be refurbished in the near future, and that would require the books to move.  Book moves are very costly (that’s your money we’re spending!) and, more importantly, they’re very disruptive for you—every time we move books from one floor to another, those books are unavailable to you for at least some of the time.

Both the temporary location of the books on the ground floor and their recent move to the first floor are part of a larger plan to keep the bookstock available to you (and reduce costs) as much as possible over the course of the larger project in which we refurbish the entire Library one floor at a time.

You could still fit more study tables on the ground floor near the entrance.

You’re right! This phase of the project didn’t include funds to purchase new furniture for the ground floor, so we’ve reused our old furniture that would connect to the floor sockets (so you have more convenient plug points on top of the tables).  We are currently working on getting some more tables to fill in the gaps in this area.

The books take up too much space.

We have to balance between providing study space and providing the resources you need for your coursework—we know both of these things are important to students from the feedback we receive. We do our best to keep the balance right:

  • we buy eBooks and ejournals whenever we can—no shelf space needed!
  • we assess the collection regularly and remove items that are out of date
  • we have a section of compact shelving on the third floor which takes up less space than ordinary bookshelves. However, compact shelving is very expensive and also too heavy to use safely across the entire floor of the Library.

Why do you let college students take up space in the Library?

We need an upgrade to the infrastructure of the entrance gate in order to be able to turn it on all day long without inconveniencing you even more with multiple gate breakdowns. We expect this situation to improve soon and to be able to implement better balanced visitor policies that will prioritise the needs of our students to use study space.  You can help with this by getting in the habit of carrying your Campus Card with you at all times!

Your feedback about needing more study space and more areas with large tables for groups to spread out and study together has been passed along to Leeds Beckett Estates, as they ultimately make the decisions about University facilities.  We will be working with Estates on the next phase of the refurbishment of this Library (fourth floor, Summer 2017) and the ground floor refurbishment.  We’ll do everything we can to increase study space and provide the kind of environment you need as we participate in these projects!

Using Sheila Silver Library overnight

Want to study in the Sheila Silver Library in the evening or overnight? There are a few things that you need to know!

The issues with the fire alarms have now been resolved (October 26th) and all study areas are open 24/7.

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Don’t forget if you’re coming in to study in the evening or overnight you must have your Campus Card card with you from 19:00 – 08:30.

 

 

 

Unfortunately due to health and safety concerns caused by issues with the fire alarm system we are unable to open all areas 24/7. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Ground floor and Third floor

  • The ground floor and third floor are open as normal, with all areas open 24/7.

First floor

  • The first floor book room is open 24/7 with full access to the book stock (000-339 & 350 – 599), group study and open access PCs
  • The print hub, Student Meeting Rooms and IT labs are open during staffed hours
  • The new flexible study room (LS104) and group study room (LS105) are open during the day but closed in the evening and overnight

Second floor

  • The second floor book room is open 24/7 with full access to the book stock (600-799), group study and open access PCs
  • The print hub, Student Meeting Rooms and IT labs are opened during staffed hours
  • The Postgraduate Room (LS204) and Silent Study (LS205) are are open during the day but closed in the evening and overnight

It’s shaping up…

We donned our hard hats earlier this week to get some photos ofsome specific areas of the first floor.

As on the second and third floors, the largest space will contain group study and part of the book collection (Dewey numbers 001-599). Right now it makes a handy staging area for lots of bits and pieces for the project.

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Room 104 will provide a flexible study space where students can move the furniture around to take advantage of different layouts and user the power sockets provided along the walls.

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Instead of silent study, we’ll have additional group study with a variety of furniture on this floor in room 105.  It’s not as big as the book room, but you can see that it’s still a pretty sizable space.

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This floor will also include student meeting rooms and a Print Hub, as on the second and third floors, but we haven’t had a chance to photograph those yet!

As always, keep up to date with all the news on the Library refurbishment at#librefurb.

Work on the first floor continues

We’re eight weeks into the refurbishment of the first floor of the Sheila Silver Library and a lot has happened!

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All the demolition work is now complete and the new walls have been erected and plaster boarded.

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The electrics and other services are being installed including some new chilled beams. New ducting is also being put into place.

 

Our trusty book collector;  Terry has been helping us out again by collecting the books from the second floor as sections of the book stock have been unavailable due to the ongoing works.

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We’ll keep you up to date here with all the developments but you can also follow #librefurb at @BeckettLibrary or take a look at our FAQs on our website.

Temporary closures on the second floor

Starting on Monday 18th July,  areas of the second floor of the Sheila Silver Library will be unavailable.  This is to allow sections of the floor to be lifted whilst new cabling is installed in the ceilings on the first floor.

The main book room will be partially closed for approximately four weeks. This may cause some issues in accessing some of the study areas and some of the book stock.

If you require access to book stock that is temporarily unavailable, please speak to Library staff who will be able to collect the item for you.

Leeds Beckett students and staff are also able to place a hold on book stock on this floor.  Please ask Library staff for help if you’ve not done this before or take a look at our web page and video.

The Print hub on the second floor will also be closed from Monday 8th August.  Alternative printing and binding facilities can be found in the following locations:

  • Black & White, Colour printers and Binding facilities – Third Floor Print area
  • Black & White, Colour printers – High Demand Area, Ground floor

The rest of the floor will remain open as usual.

We will try to keep disruption to a minimum whilst all this work takes place and we are very sorry for any inconvenience it causes.

We’ll keep you up to date here with all the developments but you can also follow #librefurb at @BeckettLibrary or take a look at our FAQs on our website.

Update on the First Floor

Work is now well underway in the refurbishment of the first floor of Sheila Silver first floor 2Library.

All the old fixtures and fittings have been removed, the internal walls have been pulled down and the main demolition works have been completed.

Over the next few weeks the new partitions and walls will be erected ready for the first part of the electrics and other services to be installed.

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For more information about what is planned for the first floor have a look at our transforming your library page on our website, which also includes a set of FAQs.

We’ll keep you up to date here with all the developments but you can also follow #librefurb at @BeckettLibrary. 

 

And so it begins…

It’s been a busy week for the start of the refurbishment of the first floor in Sheila Silver Library:

  • 31 members of staff moved offices: Academic Librarians are now in rooms 402 and 403 and our Learning Systems team have headed off to Queen’s Square House
  • We’ve moved the PCs from the first floor into storage and the labs have been emptied of furniture
  • All the furniture from the rest of the floors will be moved by Monday 6th June

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In addition Media Loans and Staff IT Services have started the move back into their lovely refurbished spaces in both Headingley and Sheila Silver Libraries.

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Week beginning 6th June sees:

  • signage arriving to signpost you to where services can be found during the refurbishment
  • a colour printer moving to the ground floor
  • contractors setting up their cabins ready to start work on Monday 13th June

We’ll keep you up to date here with all the developments but you can also follow #librefurb at @BeckettLibrary or take a look at our FAQs on our website.

The Sheila Silver Library refurb continues

The next phase of the refurbishment of the Sheila Silver Library, City Campus has started!DSC_0305

This year it is the first floor’s turn to have a full make over. When it is finished the floor will have a similar design to the already refurbished second and third floors, with another print hub, water fountain and additional Student Meeting Rooms. It will also have an additional flexible study room for students to use.

The floor is now closed to all staff, students and visitors and is due to open again at the end of October.

To keep up to date with all the changes take a look at our FAQs or follow @BeckettLibrary on Twitter.

 

What’s happening to AV Loans?

The AV Loans Counters in Headingley and Sheila Silver Libraries are being refurbished to create new and exciting spaces for the University’s IT Service Desk which supports staff with IT queries and lends audio-visual equipment to staff and students.

IT Services aims to create a streamlined area for staff needing help with IT/AV queries and for both staff and students to borrow equipment to support teaching and learning. These new spaces will also enable staff to drop in to the Service Desk for help with their own devices.  The diagram below shows the new layout for the area in Sheila Silver Library.

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Construction of the new area at Headingley begins on 4th April and at City on 11th April and is due for completion by the end of May 2016.

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We’re sorry that this work is happening during term-time and we’re doing everything we can to keep noise and disruption to a minimum, with the noisiest work taking place in the early morning before the Libraries get too busy. Please use alternative study spaces in the Library if you are disturbed by the noise.

 

During the refurbishment you will still be able to borrow some AV equipment and get help from:

  • JGG41a on the ground floor of Headingley Library
  • CL116 in Calverley

But you might want to check first that the equipment you need is in stock by:

If you have any questions about the relocation or refurbishment of the Help Services areas, please contact Eleanor Draycott, Help Services Manager on x.27585 or e.draycott@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.