Clifford Whitworth library development project

We’ve embarked on an exciting project to refurbish the main university library over an eighteen month period. We’ve already completed the first phase, with our first and second floors completely transformed, and your response has been great.

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Now we’re gearing up to begin the final phase!

The second phase of the Library Development project begins on June 12 2017. The £6.2m project to transform the University’s Library provision is running over two phases to avoid disruption to students at key times of the academic year. The first phase was completed on target in January this year.

The remaining refurbishment work, which will be completed by the end of December, will result in better lighting and ventilation, more flexible learning spaces, and additional bookable study rooms and PCs – vital improvements which meet the requests and needs of our students and ensure the Library supports the delivery of ICZ Ready programmes.

Alison Blackburn, University Registrar and Project Sponsor, commented:

“The response to work done as part of the first phase has been very positive, and we look forward to the project being completed this year, making a real difference to the studying experience of our students, and giving the University a Library to be proud of.”

The Library will continue to be open during the refurbishment, although areas where construction is taking place will be inaccessible. As with the first phase, all construction work will take place at night in order to minimise disturbance during the busiest periods.

Some disruption to normal operations will occur when the work begins:

  • The ground floor and first floor PC suite will close
  • Books from the ground floor will be temporarily re-housed in the Chapman building
  • An alternative entrance to the Library will be created at the side of the building. ID cards will be required to access the building between 7pm and 8am. If you don’t have your ID card between these times you won’t be able to enter the Library.

Study space and PCs will be restricted during the work, but alternatives will be provided nearby. Regular updates will be published on our web pages www.salford.ac.uk/library/ldp.

Please email the project team at Library-LDP@salford.ac.uk with any questions you may have and keep up to date with project progress by following the Library on twitter @TheLibraryUoS.

 

The theme of the refurbishment is “the library in the park” celebrating the fact that Clifford Whitworth library overlooks the historic Peel Park – the first municipal park in the UK - which opened to the public 170 years ago this summer. There will be elements within the design and artwork which draw upon this theme.

There will be much more variety in the type of spaces available to study within the library – we’ve tried to put what you’ve told us about the way you want to learn at the heart of the plans.

  • The ground floor will be opened up to create a more welcoming entrance to the building.
  • We will increase the number of PCs in the building and locate them closer to the book stock.
  • We will put more power onto desktops so that you can plug in your mobile devices as you sit and study.
  • There will be an increase in study spaces to better accommodate the busy times of year.
  • There will be an increase in bookable group workrooms, and introduction of bookable individual study rooms.
  • The PGR study space will be moved to the second floor and as well as study areas will include a breakout area, a shared bookable meeting room, and a drinks making point.
  • We will put in new ceilings and lighting throughout, and rewire the entire building.
  • We will improve air handling and ventilation

Second floor

First floor

We talked to students and staff and looked at feedback that we'd had and identified the following areas as priorities:

  • Improve the layout of the books to open up the space
  • Enhance the look and feel of the upper floors of the building
  • Improve zoning so that the silent areas work better, and there is a more natural flow through the building
  • Improve wayfinding and signage throughout the building
  • Develop the facilities offered to postgraduate students
  • Increase power socket availability for mobile devices
  • Upgrade the lighting and ventilation
  • Create more bookable space, both for group work and individual study
  • Create spaces which are more flexible and diverse
  • Enable the relocation of Adelphi library to the Peel Park Campus

Will there be noise and disruption?

During the refurbishment the library will continue to be open, although areas where construction is taking place will be inaccessible. The good news is that the construction team will work overnight again, which will dramatically cut down on the disturbance to library users during the day, when we are at our busiest. However, some disruption and changes to normal operations are inevitable during this period.

Will I have access to all of my books?

The books which are currently kept on the ground floor will be temporarily re-housed in Chapman building on the ground (Café area) and first floors. The subject areas affected are computer science, psychology, philosophy and sociology. This stock will still be available for browsing and borrowing between 9-5. If you’re only able to come to the library after 5pm and need something which is over at Chapman, just email us in advance on library@salford.ac.uk and we’ll have your books ready for collection from Clifford Whitworth the following day. All books over in Chapman will be brought back into Clifford Whitworth Library before the start of term.

The entrance is closed - how do I get in the library?

There will be a temporary entrance at the side of the library which will be signposted from the front doors. The entrance will give stair and lift access to the first and second floors. You will need your ID card to access the building between 7pm and 8am. If you don’t have your ID card between these times you won’t be able to enter the Library.

Will I be able to study in the Library whilst the work is taking place?

The availability of study space will be limited for the duration of the work, but alternative study spaces and PCs will set up close by. Further details are available on our blog.

The library gets very busy at certain times of the year so we’re going to be phasing the work to try to avoid disruption during key times, such as exams.

 

Phase 1: June 2016 – December 2016 - NOW COMPLETED

This will include the redevelopment of the whole of the second floor, plus the extension, and part of the first floor.

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Phase 2: June 2017 – December 2017

This will include the redevelopment of the PC suite on the first floor, plus the whole of the ground floor.

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  • End of May

    The ground floor and first floor PC suite will begin to be cleared of furniture.

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  • June

    Ground floor books and first floor PCs will be transferred to Chapman building.
    Specialist software in the 1st floor PC suite will be moved elsewhere in the Library.
    The laptop loan service will transfer to the first floor.
    An alternative entrance to the Library will be set up.
    The ground and first floor PC suite will close on June 12. The refurbishment begins.

  • July

    Work will continue overnight on the refurbishment.
    Tip: Keep in touch with us on twitter @TheLibraryUoS to follow the refurbishment news.

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  • August

    Work will continue overnight on the refurbishment.
    Tip: Grab one of our fantastic #artbags to carry your library books in.

  • September

    Books from Chapman will be brought back to Clifford Whitworth, in time for the start of term. FIRST FLOOR RE-OPENS. This will give you access to PCs, book stock, study spaces and bookable meeting rooms.

  • October

    Work will continue overnight on the refurbishment. The Library is particularly busy during this month.
    Tip: Look out for alternative study spaces if there is nowhere to study in the library.

  • November

    Work will continue overnight on the refurbishment.
    Tip: Pick up some earplugs from the desk if you’re working overnight and it’s noisy.

  • December

    Work on the ground floor will continue overnight. GROUND FLOOR DUE TO RE-OPEN AT THE END OF DECEMBER.