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Durham University

University Library

Library Remodelling

New eDen and Library café visual

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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:

  • In February a new silent study area has been created in the West Wing of Level 1, hosting 100 additional study spaces.
  • 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. 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.

New Library Café now open

A new, larger, Café has been created in the area previously known as eDen. Please check our webpage for more information about the Cafe' and its opening hours. Please consider that hot food is not allowed in the Library outside the Library Café. Cold food can be consumed on Level 1, 2 and 3, while Level 4 remains a no-food zone. Bottled and lidded drinks can be consumed throughout the building.

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