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Durham University

University Library

Library Remodelling

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More study spaces, collaborative study area and refurbishment work

In addition to the 100 study spaces installed in April 2018, we are further increasing the study space provision at the Bill Bryson Library. This includes:

  • A new silent study area will be created in the West Wing of Level 1, hosting 100 additional study spaces. This area is planned to open in early February 2019.
  • 4 new accessible study rooms with improved disability support study space to be installed on Level 1;
  • A new collaborative study area has been created in the “Cathedral view” area on Level 1. This newly refurbished area is designed to promote collaborative work and to allow people to work on group projects or study independently alongside others. Please feel free to rearrange tables and chairs to suit you group size and to use the moveable whiteboards to capture group discussion. 2 study nooks have also been installed. This area is still a work in progress: more furniture suitable to collaborative work will be installed soon. Thank you for bearing with us during this process!

For further details concerning the various types of study spaces in the Library, please check here.

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).

New Library Café - opening soon

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. The new café is expected to be fully operational by late February 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 Epiphany term (14th January), the marquee will be availble in the square opposite the Library to eat your hot food 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.

If you have any queries or difficulties due to these arrangements, please contact Bill Bryson library staff or email: