29 October 2010

Important news about the Library

I am pleased to announce that the refurbished ground floor of the Library will open from 8.00am on Monday 1 November 2010. Here is a summary of the changes that you will find, following the refurbishment works this summer:

• The new entrance is at the corner of the library opposite to the Main Building. You can find a route map here. The temporary entrance at the back of the library will be closed from 6.00pm on Sunday 31 October onwards.

• There are new stairs, a new passenger lift and new toilets on all four floors at the front of the building.

• On the ground floor you will find: a Welcome desk; flexible group study space; two computer labs; the short loan collection; a self-service reservations area; self-service machines with fines payment facility; two additional needs rooms; two bookable group study rooms, a Help desk and CafĂ©Libro.

• The Learning Development Centre, printed periodicals, small study areas and the Library staff administration area are on the first floor.

• The second and third floors have not been refurbished at this stage. All of the bookstock is located on these floors, as well as PCs and printers / photocopiers. The second floor can be used for group study for much of the year, but the third floor is reserved for individual silent study only.

• Further information about the library, including opening times and borrowing arrangements, can be found on the library website.

To see the changes for yourself and find out more about how the Library works, please come along to a Library Matters Live session anytime between 11.00am to 3.00pm from Monday 1 November until Friday 5 November. There will be Goody Bags for all first year students and a chance for all students to enter a Prize Draw to win a £100 Bullring Gift Card or a Sony e-book reader.

Thank you for your patience during the refurbishment, especially during the last month when the upper floors of the library have been particularly crowded. We hope you enjoy the new facilities and spaces. To help us to provide a pleasant learning environment for you, please make sure that you observe the Library Regulations.

Please let us know what works well and what doesn't work as well, by emailing library@aston.ac.uk or by completing one of our Have Your Say forms.

Nick Smith

Dr NR Smith
Library & Information Services
Aston University
B4 7ET
T: 0121 204 4509
F: 0121 204 4530
E: n.r.smith@aston.ac.uk
W: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/lis/

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