Making #SpaceForSuccess – Kimberlin Study Spaces Project

 

This summer the Library is making more space for you to study – more space for you to succeed – and carrying out exciting, transformative improvement works in readiness for the 2018/19 academic year.

Under the project banner of #SpaceForSuccess, we’re doing this to create extra room for you to study, to increase the number of 24/7 study spaces available in Kimberlin Library and to give you some new and inspiring spaces to work.

During the summer months of 2018 we are:

  • Replacing furniture and increasing the capacity of the First Floor study area on the original side of the building. We’re introducing a range of study booths for group and individual working alongside PCs and better access to power sockets

  • We’re creating additional teaching and study space in the Ground Floor Learning Development Zone. We’ve moved staff from ground floor offices to give more space for us to support you with drop-ins, 1:1s, training and workshops. More space for study too when not in use for teaching and support.

  • We’re creating internal access from Kimberlin Library to The Collaboratory via the Ground Floor.

  • We’re clearing away staff offices from the Second Floor of Kimberlin to create a new, enlarged study floor with vibrant new furniture and twice the capacity of the old space. This space (provisionally titled The Deck) will feature a mixture of PCs, study booths, bench seating and worktables for collaboration. Maths support will be relocating to the enlarged Learning Development Zone spaces and Collaboratory on the Ground Floor

  • We’re creating MORE SILENT STUDY SPACES! We’re relocating some of our ‘back room’ operations away from the Lower Ground Floor to create an additional Silent Study room which will more than double the number of ‘talk free’ study spaces in Kimberlin Library. Desktop task lighting and power outlets will feature throughout.

  • We’re relocating our Silent IT provision to the other side of the Second Floor

  • ITMS will be re-positioning PCs to give you more space to work, e.g. for Wacom workstations

For Autumn 2018 we will be introducing:

  • A space for commuting students in Eric Wood Learning Zone with lockers and soft seating

  • A ‘makerspace‘ on the First Floor of Kimberlin Library

  • A ‘coaching corner‘ in the Learning Zone where we’ll be offering short skills sessions and drop-ins

  • Further improvements to the Ground Floor Learning Zone and other areas – watch this space!

Follow the #SpaceForSuccess hashtag here and on our Twitter and Instagram feeds @LibraryDMU for updates on the project as these elements progress and let us know what you think.

Some areas of the library will be inaccessible while refurbishment work is carried out – see local signage for details as work progresses. Plenty of study space will be available throughout the summer months for study and revision on a 24/7 basis, including syndicate rooms, all areas of the Lower Ground Floor, Ground Floor Learning Zone, First Floor IT and Silent Study. The Law Library is available throughout the summer months.

 

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Richard Partridge is Library and Learning Spaces Manager at De Montfort University