Things you need to know
- Accommodation of the of book & journal stock from Allerton Library (with the exception of core reading items which will remain at Allerton)
- Accommodate the special collections and archives from Adelphi Building
- Increase the number of user seats in The Library
- Increase provision of power in The Library at Clifford Whitworth
- Maintain the number of bookable group study spaces
- Maintain the zoning of the library (ground floor – collaborative study, first floor – collaborative study & second floor – silent study)
- Improve way finding, visibility and sight lines within the building
- Co-locate reception and student support desk facilities
- Create a learning space in Allerton Building
- Introduce a meeting/service point on the first and second floor
- Introduce space for 1-2-1 meetings between library staff and students
- Retain an area for exhibition use
The current planning for The Library will include the work required to accommodate the Adelphi Library once the Gateway building is complete and the Adelphi campus is vacated.
1. A library fit for purpose
Investing in The Library as a central library resource on campus for all students means we can act on student feedback to improve our library offering and upgrade library spaces and facilities. In feedback, including comments from the National Student Survey, students asked for improved floor layouts, more power sockets, and group and silent work spaces.
2. Continued 24/7 opening all year round
With one main campus library, students who currently use books in Allerton and Adelphi will benefit from 24/7 access to these collections.
3. Better floor layouts with more collaborative and silent study spaces
After refurbishment, The Library would offer different types of study spaces and learning environments needed to support students. The Library would be able to cater for over 1,000 students. The refurbishments will also provide a lighter, brighter and more inspiring study environment. It will offer areas dedicated to silent individual study, collaborative working spaces, and bookable group study spaces. The dedicated Post Graduate Research space in The Library will also be improved.
4. Use of vacated areas
The project includes plans for the creation of a learning space at Allerton. Library stock currently in Allerton would move to The Library at Clifford Whitworth and some of the vacated area will continue to be used as a social learning space with ICT provision as well as space for student support. Core reading items will remain at Allerton as a reference only resource.
5. Break down campus divisions and involve students in our wider campus
The Library is located at the heart of the University campus – three minutes’ walk from Salford Crescent train station and adjacent to University House. Moving print stock to The Library to create a centralised resource unites the campus and opens up our greenspace to all students. Along with the new student residences which will open in 2014 and the Gateway Building which will open in 2015, the improved Clifford Whitworth library would give students yet another reason to gather at the heart of our campus.
6. Benefit from a wider range of resources
One central library service to support all our on-campus learning and research will enable students to more easily access resources from different subject areas relating to their studies. This would enable wider reading and enhance the student experience.