What are the changes?
Most stock held in Allerton Library will be integrated into the collections within The Library at Clifford Whitworth. Items relating to Arts and Media courses will be integrated into the Library at Adelphi.
Copies of core texts will remain at Allerton on an ‘at trust’ basis’.
Stock and Services held at Adelphi Library will be integrated into The Library when the Gateway building opens.
A learning space including collaborative and silent study areas, open access PCs and Follow You printing and a joint Library and Student Life helpdesk will be provided at Allerton. Library academic support staff for the College of Health and Social Care will continue to be based at Allerton.
Why are we proposing these changes?
Integrating stock and services into a principal library will mean we can give staff and students a better quality of service by concentrating our efforts in an improved space.
The Library Development Project is focused on improving the student experience by changing the way in which Library Services are delivered and accessed across the University. The Library has developed a proposal for the future delivery of the Library services at the University. In future, provision of physical stock will be concentrated in The Library and the facility at MediaCityUK. Dedicated learning spaces will be provided across the campus including in the Allerton Building. Adelphi Library will be integrated into The Library when the new Gateway building opens. As more resources and support move online, colleagues and students are also able to access an increasing range from wherever they are in the world.
In line with meeting University cost saving targets there are significant operational savings to be made by the integration of stock and services from Allerton Library into other locations. There will be a reduction in staffing costs as well as non-pay operational and maintenance savings.
As well as improving the student experience, making savings in this way enables The Library to protect its spending on resources for students.
Who will benefit?
All students would be able to take advantage of an improved principal library building. The design will provide different types of study spaces and learning environments, including areas dedicated to silent individual study, collaborative working spaces, and bookable group study spaces. The Post Graduate Research space in The Library will also be improved.
All students will benefit from 24/7 opening all year round, enabling them to access materials supporting their subject area, as well as excellent IT. At present many of our services are constrained by the need to resource four separate locations; by focussing on a central hub, we will be able to make better use of our resources.
What would move and what would stay at Allerton?
We would move the majority of our health and social care print collections into the Library, arts and media collections will be transferred to Adelphi Library with some older material being located in our central store. This will bring together subjects that are related but in the past have been split across two sites. Copies of core texts will remain at Allerton on an ‘at trust’ basis. The Library at MediaCityUK is unaffected by these proposals.
What opportunities will I have to give my feedback on the proposals?
Discussions will take place with staff and students to gather views about how these improvements should be implemented. Pro-vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor Huw Morris has met with Students’ Union Officers to discuss the project and canvass the views of Student Reps across the University. Further briefings will take place where students can learn more about the project and contribute their own views. More information about the timing and location of these briefings will follow shortly.
Will it all fit?
Yes, the phased approach to integrating Allerton and Adelphi will ensure that we are able to accommodate the stock. Some low use items may be held in our central store. We have very carefully calculated how much shelving and study space is needed for the new building, looking at occupancy rates at the busiest times of the year.
How will we make sure that The Library would provide a good learning environment?
This project offers us the opportunity to improve on a number of areas of The Library. Study spaces and furniture will be selected to allow collaborative working or to encourage silent working and we already zone the building to make sure that these different environments don’t impact on each other. The plans also feature Information Points on each floor, acting as focal points for student support, and supporting our recently improved Roving support.
How will part-time students be supported?
The Library would offer longer opening hours to all students, giving the opportunity to make extended use of The Library and IT facilities 24/7 all year round.
Access to specialist collections would be available to all students, and library materials that are currently spread across Allerton and The Library would be available from a central location.
Alongside the Library Development Project, we will continue to focus on developing new library services that support students regardless of their location, whether they are on campus, at work, or at home.