Library Updates - October 2012
There have been a lot of changes over the past few months at the Library. Below you will find a summary of the changes and links to further information. If you have any questions please contact us or speak to any member of Library staff.
- WiFi - CIS have been installed a new wireless system over summer 2012 and they are working on replacing the network points across the University. In September, CIS replaced the network points in the Bill Bryson Library and work will take place at Queen's Campus Library in early October. This will significantly improve signal strength and wireless network capacity.
- Improved opening hours webpages - Our opening hours pages have been improved, to make it easier for you to find out when our libraries are open and when different services are available.
- Name change - The Main Library has become the 'Bill Bryson Library'. We're gradually adopting the new name ahead of the Library's official renaming in November.
- Extended evening and weekend services - during term time, group study rooms are now available on weekend mornings, Library laptops are available throughout our opening hours and confined Document Delivery Service items are available at weekends.
- Online booking system for individual study rooms - we are introducing an online booking system for individual study rooms. Find out more information and book a study room online at: http://www.durham.ac.uk/library/services/essential/study-rooms/
- Library Book Moves - Over the summer, work began to move all 1.6 million books into a new sequence running throughout the building. Books have been moved into the previously open areas of the East Wing on Levels 2 and 3. Due to delays with the contractors, the Library book moves will continue into the Michaelmas term.
- Level 1 Journals area - A new Journals area has been created at the North end of Level 1, which will house all printed journals in movable storage. Please ask at the Help & Information desk if you need assistance moving the shelves.
- Level 3 PC room - Facilities in the Level 3 PC Room in the West Wing have been refurbished, with new furniture, carpets and an improved layout.
- Level 4 Library Teaching Room - The Silent Study Room in the East Wing has become a Library Teaching Room. When not in use for teaching purposes, the room will be opened for you to use.
- MEDU - The Middle East Documentation Unit has returned to the Bill Bryson Library from Palace Green Library, and is housed on Level 1 in the West Wing.
Leazes Road Library
- Name change - The Education Library has been renamed the 'Leazes Road Library' to reflect the range of collections housed there.
- Extended weekend opening hours - During term-time, we've extended Saturday opening hours from 09:00 - 17:00. The Leazes Road Library will also open on Sundays from 14:00 - 21:00.
- Library Book Moves - collections have been respaced to maximise study space throughout the Library. The printed journals and Official Publications have been moved to the entrance area, reference books have been shelved with the loanable books and the oversize books are now located in Room 6.
- Refurbished entrance area - The entrance area has been refurbished. The Help & Information desk now faces the Library entrance and staff areas have been reduced.
- Postgraduate study room - A new study room for taught and research postgraduates has been created in Room 8, on the first floor of the Library.
- Group study 1 and 2 - Two new group study rooms have been created. Book a room at the Help & Information desk.
- Co-location of Hild Bede and Leazes Road Library collections - The Hild Bede College Library collections have moved to the Leazes Road Library.
- Extended evening and weekend services - During term-time, staffed services have been extended throughout Queen's Campus Library's opening hours. Laptops and study rooms are now available until 30 minutes before the advertised Library closing time.
- Library Book Moves - Additional bookshelves have enabled us to respace Queen's Campus Library's book and journal collections.
- Recarpeting - New carpets have been laid throughout the public areas of the Library.
- Reader services move to No. 5, the College - The next phase of redevelopment has begun at Palace Green and reader services have moved to No. 5, the College behind Durham Cathedral during 2012-2013 whilst the Pace Building is refurbished. The Local and History of the Book collections have moved to No. 5, the College and these collections are available throughout our opening hours - there's no need to book an appointment. We are also offering Search Room services from No. 5, the College, but if you want to use Archives and Special Collections material please contact us in advance. For up to date information, visit the Special Collections pages: http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/asc/
- New Palace Green Library exhibitions website - We've launched a new Palace Green Library website for visitors to our exhibitions. http://www.dur.ac.uk/palace.green/
- Dunelm Gallery - The Dunelm Gallery on the ground floor of Palace Green Library opened in summer 2012. There's still time to see its first exhibition, RESTORATION: Bishop Cosin, his library and the changing face of Durham.
- MEDU can now be found at the Bill Bryson Library.