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University Library

Library Remodelling

New eDen and Library café visual

As part of the Queen’s Campus relocation process, the Library has launched a significant renovation and refurbishment programme across various sites. While part of the work has been done during the Easter vacation adding 100 extra study spaces in the Bill Bryson Library, Phase Two took place during the summer and will continue through the academic year 2018/19. The remodelling work is expected to be completed during Epiphany term 2019.

Thanks to this extensive renovation and refurbishment work, students and Library users will benefit from an improved Library space and catering provision. We are working hard to ensure that disruption will be kept to a minimum, and we thank you in advance for your patience.

Before you visit please make sure you check our opening times and potential temporary disruptions in order to prevent any inconvenience. This webpage will be updated regularly with further information about work in progress.

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Library café & eDen closure

In order to improve the catering facilities and eating space in the Bill Bryson Library, we are relocating and expanding the Library café, and providing new furniture to accommodate a larger number of students.

Renovation of these areas entails extensive remodelling work, which will require their temporary closure. Both areas will remain closed until Epiphany term 2019.

Alternative catering facilities

During this period, cold drinks and snacks vending machines have been installed on Level 2 until the new café space opens. From Induction week (1st – 5th October 2018) an additional coffee cart will be located outside of the Library during weekdays.

In the Lower Mountjoy area the Calman Café offers a selection of sandwiches, salads ciabatta paninis, soups, jacket potatoes and snacks alongside an extensive Starbucks drinks menu. Seating is available on floors one and two, and the ground level. From Monday 1 October, the Calman Café will operate extended opening hours:

Opening hours
Monday - Friday 08:00 - 20:00
Saturday - Sunday 10:30 - 18:00

With the start of the new term (8th October), a marquee will be installed in the square opposite the Library and external venders will be present on weekdays selling a variety of cold and hot food. Please consider that hot food cannot be consumed in the Library; we recommend to use the marquee and alternative facilities in the area. Cold food and lidded drinks can be consumed in the Library. Please check the Library new food and drink policy here.

Furniture trial on Level 1

A furniture trial is taking place on Level 1 of the Bill Bryson Library from Tuesday 9 October to Friday 19 October 2018. A selection of furniture items including chairs, stools, working stations and soft seats is on display for users to test and let us know what they think!

Members of staff will be available on Level 1 to gather conversational feedback between Monday 15 and Friday 19 October. Have a chat with them or fill in our feedback form!

Users’ feedback will inform decisions about how to furnish the new Teaching and Learning Centre opening in October 2019. The area on Level 1 currently hosting the furniture trail is soon to become a new collaborative study area.

More study spaces and refurbishment work

In addition to the 100 new study spaces installed in April, we are further increasing the study space provision at the Bill Bryson Library. This includes:

  • A further 100 study spaces to be added in the West Wing of Level 1.
  • 4 new accessible study rooms with improved disability support study space to be installed on Level 1.
  • The area facing the cathedral on Level 1 will be re-organised as a new collaborative study area (ideally 2-4 people) and new furniture will be placed for this purpose. During October 2018, this area will temporarily host a furniture trial for the Teaching and Learning Centre to be opened the next academic year. Please try out the broad range of furniture available and give us your feedback! More information about the furniture trial will follow soon.

Internal areas of the Library will be reorganised to make space for the additional study desks. The remodelling includes:

  • Relocation of collections within the Bill Bryson Library. Main changes include the move of all oversize books on Level 3, while the Meissen collection, MEDU collection and British Official Publications have been moved in the moving-shelves section in the East Wing on Level 1.
  • Transfer of low use books to an off-site store. If you need an item whose location is indicated as ‘Remote Store’ in the Catalogue, please follow the link ‘Request item from remote store’ and fill in the form (you can also find the form here). A weekly store retrieval service is available and running every Tuesday.
  • Relocation of the IT service desk into the existing space at the entrance (coming soon).

If you have any queries or difficulties due to these arrangements, please contact Bill Bryson library staff or email: main.library@durham.ac.uk