Arts and hums books move floors for refurb

books being packed into cratesIn advance of refurbishing the Library Building’s 3rd Floor, we are moving arts and humanities print books from here to the 2nd and 4th Floors. This is part of our strategy to always give you access to print books in the Library throughout the Refurbishment Project, although they will move location from time to time as work is carried out on different floors, and follows our making space for books by moving print journals off-site.

Where are arts and humanities books going?

Art and humanities books normally shelved on the 3rd Floor include those with Call Numbers in the 100s (philosophy, psychology), 200s (religion), 400s (languages), 700s (arts), 800s (literature), music CDs and the Teaching Practice Collection.

Moving temporarily down to the 2nd Floor will be (progress in red):

  • 100s, 200s, 400s, 700s, 800s normal size items (Call Numbers with no prefix before number) – 100s, 200s, 400s, 700-711.45 already arrived. Subsequent class numbers will move over the next few days/weeks.

Moving temporarily up to the 4th Floor will be:

  • Language dictionaries and 3rd Floor Reference books – already arrived.
  • 100s, 200s, 400s, 700s, 800s larger size items (Call Numbers beginning ‘folio’ or ‘middle folio’) – not yet moved.
  • Teaching Practice Collection – not yet moved.

book shelves in the second floor reading roomThe catalogue will updated as soon as possible, and new floor plans are in progress. If you have any difficulty locating anything during the moves, please ask us for help at the 2nd or 4th Floor Information Desks.

More information

Find more about the Library’s major £40 million refurbishment on the Library Refurbishment Project webpage (see FAQ 6 on book moves) or email us at

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator