Our Library Refurbishment Project moves into another phase as we begin to shift around various print materials on the Library Building’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th Floors. Throughout the Project, you will always be able to access print books here, but they will move location as work is carried out on different floors. We are creating space for books by moving print journals off site.
If you have any difficulty locating anything during the moves, please ask Library staff for help at the 2nd or 4th Floor Information Desks.
Journals move progress
Journals began to move off-site from the week of 22 May. By the week beginning 12 June, we had moved to storage all 3rd and 4th Floor journals are in storage, and are beginning to move out 2nd Floor journals which should take another two and a bit weeks to complete.
The few print journals will remain in the Library Building because they are essential for study and teaching. They will be housed at the back of the 4th Floor, next to the legislation and European Documentation Centre (EDC) material, along with all new issues of current titles. They should arrive there in the week beginning 19 June.
Library staff have planned ahead to reduce the impact moving print issues might have had for those using journals:
- Most people now prefer to use journal articles online. In recent years we have worked hard to increase access to a wider variety of good quality, online academic resources, including those from Springer, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Sage, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier on ScienceDirect and Project Muse.
- Library staff have secured reading list items as online scans within Talis online reading lists or within the Course Collection.
- We have kept a few print journals at Reading where special circumstances require. The Enterprise catalogue tells you where to find it (collect yourself from Library Building shelves, or order closed access/Off-site Store items online and collect from the URS Building).
- Should Library members need a print journal currently away in storage, we provide a free copy through our Inter-Library Loan service (the Enterprise catalgoue shows the location as ‘Unavailable – request inter-library loan’).
Find more about the Library’s major £40 million refurbishment on the Library Refurbishment Project webpage (see FAQ 3 and 6 regarding journals) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator