Week beginning Monday 5th December:
Phase 2 of the Library Development Project concentrates on improving Clifford Whitworth Library. The main library will benefit from a complete refurbishment resulting in an increase of study spaces and PC provision.
These pages tell you what work we're doing and how it will affect you.
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.
We’ll need to work with our contractors to agree exactly what can be undertaken within our budget, but the work we are currently hoping to do is as follows:
We talked to students and staff and looked at feedback that we'd had and identified the following areas as priorities:
The really good news is that the Library should not be too noisy during the day as we are undertaking most of the work overnight. The staged approach to the work will mean that as much of the building will remain in use as is possible but there will be some inconvenience whilst construction work takes place.
There won’t be any access to areas where construction work is taking place, and we’ll be storing books on the ground floor.
This means that there will be a temporary but significant reduction in the number of study spaces in the building, so we’re setting up alternative study spaces around campus for you to work in. We’re creating a pop up library space at Chapman, and extending its opening hours and Lady Hale building to include evenings and weekends. Whilst our silent area is not available we will create an additional silent study space on Clifford Whitworth ground floor.
There are also many other areas around campus for you to work in, which are all accessible for people who use wheelchairs.
|Chapman 1st floor||Collaborative study spaces
Bookable group work rooms
|IT help desk
Library help desk
|Vacation: Mon–Fri 9am-4pm
Term time: Mon-Fri 8am – 10pm
Weekend: 10am – 10pm
|Collaborative study spaces||Roving library support||Term time: Mon-Fri 8am – 10pm|
Vacation: Mon-Fri 9am – 4pm
Weekend: 10am - 10pm
|Allerton Learning Space||Silent study spaces
Collaborative study spaces
Bookable group work rooms
Printing pay station
Adjustable height desks
|Library help desk||Mon-Fri 8am – 9pm
Staffed: 9am – 5pm
|Allerton concourse||Collaborative study spaces||Roving library support||Mon-Fri 8am – 9pm|
|New Adelphi||Collaborative study spaces||Roving library support||Mon-Fri 9am – 6pm|
|Peel basement||PCs and printing||Roving library support||Mon-Fri 9am – 4pm|
|Maxwell||Silent study space with PCs
Adjustable height desks
|Roving library support||Mon-Fri 9am – 6pm|
We may need to restrict access to the building for external members and visitors at certain times to reduce the pressure on study space for our own staff and students.
We have over 300 PCs available in rooms across Peel Park and Frederick Road campuses, so you should be able to find one to use. If you need a PC and there are none available in Clifford Whitworth Library you have several options:
You’ll still have access to the helpdesk whilst the work takes place. And because we know that you’ll need to find other places around campus to work, our Library staff will be visiting other study areas and PC suites across Campus to offer support. You can also use our 24 hour chat service, text support service, phone and email.
We’ve increased your borrowing limits to make it easier for you to get access to the stock you need – so come in, grab what you need and find somewhere else to study if it’s really busy.
Whilst books are being packed up and moved there will be times when you can’t get what you need, but we’ll try to direct you to alternative sources, or retrieve items for you where possible.
Let us know if you’re having problems so we can do something about them.
We’ll use a variety of ways to get in touch with you to keep you up to date on the work, including these web pages, our blog and Twitter - look out for #LibraryinthePark. We’ll be tweeting out a weekly update to let you know about any likely disruption during the forthcoming week. If you have any questions you can email us on Library-LDP@salford.ac.uk.
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.
This will include the redevelopment of the whole of the second floor, plus the extension, and part of the first floor.
This will include the redevelopment of the PC suite on the first floor, plus the whole of the ground floor.