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
We talked earlier this week about how busy the library was. Here’s an illustration of Kimberlin Library’s occupancy over the last few days – you’ll see why we’ve been recommending an early start to your study day if you can to secure your favourite spot.
See our previous blog post for advice about support and other spaces available for study on campus.
More ‘pop-up’ 24/7 silent study spaces in Kimberlin Library, longer ‘pop-up’ opening hours in Eric Wood Learning Zone
With the end of the teaching calendar in sight, exams looming after Easter and dissertation deadlines, we know that this is a busy time for everyone. It’s great news that IT labs in Gateway House, Vijay Patel and Queens Buildings are open until midnight and at weekends, but we’re also ensuring that more spaces are available to you 24/7 at this critical time.
In Kimberlin Library, Lecture Theatre 00:11 on the Lower Ground Floor is a Silent Study room from the beginning of March through until the end of May. You can study in a talk-free environment with a PCs or spread out on a desk.
Eric Wood Learning Zone is open 24 hours until the end of Spring term to give you more space and time to complete your work before the end of term.
During April and May, the Kimberlin Learning Development Zone will be operating as a Quiet Revision Room