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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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.

What’s going on with the clipboards?

If you see Library staff around the building with large clipboards or laptops, don’t be alarmed – we are just carrying out one of our regular headcounts. We do this for a week every month from October to May.

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We do a headcount in each area of the Library, and note where people are sitting and whether people are using PCs, books, tablets and laptops. So please excuse us if we are peering over at your table!

This information helps us tailor our services to your needs. It also helps us gain information about popular study spaces, levels of PC occupancy, how many of you bring in your own devices and how many use books to study.

headcounts4We are currently using a low-tech pen, paper and clipboard approach in the Sheila Silver Library and trialling a new online system using laptops at Headingley Library.

Information from the headcounts contributes to decisions aboutheadcounts3 the current refurbishment of the Sheila Silver Library, such as planning what kind of seating and tables will be installed on the new first floor.

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.

September successes

The first full week in September saw lots of progress in the second floor refurbishment. Sewell who are in charge of the project are managing all the different requirements of the sub contractors as “everybody always seems to want to work in the same room at the same time”! They supplied us with a list of all the works completed so far (there’s lots of it we don’t understand but we’re still impressed!):

  • Site set up / accommodation
  • Floor coverings removed
  • Suspended ceilings stripped out
  • Demolition of partition walls
  • M&E isolations
  • Setting out of the new walls
  • 1st fix IPS
  • Ductwork
  • Plastering to new walls
  • Internal walls / plasterboard
  • 1st fix M&E
  • Plaster patching
  • Mist coating to walls
  • Pre finished screens
  • Suspended Ceilings

And this week Library staff had access to the floor to take photos of the glass going in to partition the new Student Meeting Rooms:

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Painting is also well underway and the fixed furniture such as the printing tables is being installed.

We’ve always known that the floor wouldn’t be opened until a few weeks into term but we also know that it will be worth the wait!

 

New helpers in the Sheila Silver Library!

Unfortunately we’ve had to close sections of the third floor of the Sheila Silver Library as part of the ongoing refurbishment work taking place. This has meant that students and staff have been unable to access the book stock and as a result we’ve been asking them to put holds on anything they needed from there. However we then foundCapture that Library staff were not allowed on the floor as large sections of the floor are missing!

So we found a solution by enlisting the help of two of the people who have been carrying on the electrical cabling work on the floor:

Introducing Terry and Harvey!

Terry and Harvey have been kindly collecting all the books on our holds (pickings) list off the shelves and putting them on a trolley ready for Library staff to pass onto the people who have requested them. They have even helped to put some of the books back on the shelves.

Terry consults the list ready to get picking!
Terry consults the list ready to get picking!

We thought it would be nice to introduce them and ask them a few questions. Neither of them have worked on the redevelopment of a library before although Harvey frequently uses his local public library for both himself and his family.

When asked about the finding the books using the Dewey system both Harvey and Terry said they hadn’t used it before but had found the books relatively easy to find. Terry added that he did think it would be easier if they were in alphabetical order! A nice idea but not that simple when you think of all the books with similar titles but very different subject areas.

We’re really grateful for all the help that they have provided as it has meant that we have been able to keep the service open and ensure that people have had access to the resources they have needed.

Harvey collects the books
Harvey collects the books

Terry and Harvey have done such a great job – we think they’re welcome to come in anytime and help us to find some of the over 33,000 holds requested each year or shelve one of 2,600 trolleys of books!