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Leazes Road Library - update

(4 September 2020)

Following discussions between University Library and Collections and the School of Education Management Team, there have been agreed changes to the Leazes Road Library for the 2020-21 academic year. A project to re-purpose the Leazes Road Library during the summer of 2021 had already been agreed. However, with the impact of Covid-19 and the need to provide appropriate socially distanced-study space, this project has been brought forward to this academic year.

The area will continue to be used to provide study space, and library colleagues have been working hard to adapt the existing space to ensure appropriate social distancing can be observed, whilst maximising the number of study spaces available. Although the space will not be staffed, the new Virtual Enquiry Desk offers a quick and easy way for students to ask questions and get help and support.

The printed items which were previously in the Leazes Road Library have been relocated to an off-site remote store. All items will continue to be available to borrow through a request and retrieval basis and, in the longer term, items which are heavily used will be relocated to the Bill Bryson Library. The Library is aiming to have this service available from mid-September and more details on how it will operate will be shared in due course. 

The extensive range of electronic resources continue to be available as normal and, in line with the University’s teaching and learning principles, all essential reading for modules should be available electronically.

Library colleagues are working hard on finalising the details for the new study space, including opening hours, and more information will be provided as soon as possible. An email will shortly be sent to all School of Education students to make them aware of these changes.

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