Investment in new power for Kimberlin Library: Temporary weekend closures and alternative study location

As Kimberlin Library marks its 40th birthday this year, the Estates Directorate and Library and Learning Services (LLS) are rolling out measures over summer to renew the building’s electrical power distribution and lay the groundwork for future library improvements. This is essential electrical work which unfortunately requires a full shutdown of the building.

Kimberlin Library will therefore be closed on the following dates:

  • Sunday 18 June
  • Saturday 22 to Sunday 23 July
  • Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 July

Alternative provision will be provided in the Hugh Aston Law Library from 10am to 6pm. The Eric Wood Learning Zone and the Greenhouse are unavailable due to Clearing activity. Access to online journals will still be available during these dates.

Richard Partridge, Head of User Experience for LLS explains: “Kimberlin’s electrical switchgear is original equipment from the 1970s which has reached retirement age. This renewal is a major exercise across all four floors, but we’ve been working with Estates and their engineers to carry out the work in a way that will keep disruption to a minimum over three weekends.

“Although Kimberlin will need to close on these days due to the nature of the work, we will be offering alternative study space and PCs in the Hugh Aston Law Library to ensure that our weekend users are catered for.

“While we regret that this may cause some inconvenience to our students, the maintenance work will give us the power to plan and deliver further improvements for Kimberlin users.”

Full details of library opening hours can be found here.

Pictured: Kimberlin’s main switchgear is heading for retirement

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Richard Partridge is Head of User Experience for Library and Learning Services at De Montfort University