What’s going where in URS and Library

We’re getting ready to run Library services and facilities from two buildings from 18 April: the URS Building (no 33 on the Whiteknights campus map) – further away from construction noise – and the Library Building (no 2 ). We are preparing URS signage and our webpages will show where everything is from this date but here’s a preview!

Services moving to URS BuildingThree femal studetns walk infront of orange building with protruding sturts and undercroft on a sunny day

URS Study space and IT facilities

We will move modern study furniture (with power sockets) currently on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Floors of the Library Building into the the URS Building 2nd and Ground Floors, mainly over the Easter vacation. Some of the 16 large 2nd Floor rooms will be designated as group study space, some quiet study and some silent study space. The silent study rooms will contain some more traditional desks and some individual workbays.

The URS Ground Floor will mostly consist of 145 fixed PCs, with printing facilities nearby.

URS Course Collection and Self-Service Points

Our Course Collection of in-demand texts on reading lists will move to the URS Ground Floor, along with study space and Self-Service Points to borrow and return Course Collection items. You may also save yourself a short walk and return Library Building items here too.

URS Services

  • CaféLibro will transfer to the 2nd Floor of the URS Building.
  • On the URS Ground Floor, you will be able to get help from:

URS Building Hours

The URS Building will adopt the 24 hour opening during term (except closing 21:00 Saturday to 08:30 Sunday) as is currently the case in the Library.

URS Security

For security reasons, everyone will enter URS by the one main entrance, closest to Whiteknights House, by the pond. We will adopt the same security that we employ now for the Library and transfer this to the URS building.

Library Building

Univeristy Library in springYou will be able to borrow all printed material (other than Course Collection items in URS) from the University Library, open 09:00-22:00 in term.There will be no study desks in the Library Building so you will need to take them either to the URS Building or find alternative study space on campus (see top right of Library Refurbishment Project page).

We recognise this is less convenient than having printed books in the same building as study space but hope that the Library hours we have been able to achieve will serve the majority of students – our usage statistics show that almost all borrowing activity occurs before 22:00.

Library staff will be on duty to help you during core hours.

Construction work will continue during weekdays in the Library Building whilst we strive to complete the project as soon as possible, so you may experience considerable noise whilst using this building.

Further details

For further information, see the Library Refurbishment Project page at www.reading.ac.uk/library/refurb.

If you have a disability and have any concerns about using either the Library or URS Building facilities, please contact Matthew Holtby, Library Disability Co-ordinator.

If you have any other queries, please email library@reading.ac.uk.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator for
University Library Director and Associate Directors

Library study space moves to URS Building

Three femal studetns walk infront of orange building with protruding sturts and undercroft on a sunny dayThe University will shortly be able to offer the URS Building instead of studying in the Library during its major refurbishment. We will be moving furniture and IT equipment from the Library into URS so that students can study in a comfortable and quiet space away from construction works.

What we are doing

  • Studying in URS will be quieter as it is further away from Library building works.
  • The URS Building will be open 24 hours in term (except Saturday night) just like the Library is now.
  • Course Collection will move into URS to maintain full access.
  • Books will remain in the Library and will be borrowed as usual.
  • Although Library staff will be based in URS, they will also run an information service in the Library building to help you find and borrow books there.
  • Using URS means the refurbishment will be finished earlier than originally planned.

838 study spaces (including 145 computers) will move into URS along with Library staff – so there’ll always be someone on hand to help. Cafélibro will also relocate to URS.

All books (excluding the Course Collection) will stay inside the Library and will be available to use and borrow as usual. The Course Collection will move into URS and will continue to be accessible for 24 hours in term-time, as the Library offers now.

As well as providing a quiet and convenient alternative space for students, using the URS Building will mean that the length of the refurbishment programme will be shortened by approximately six months, ending mid 2019 as opposed to late 2019 / early 2020 as originally planned.

The URS Building was vacated in December 2016 in preparation for the building’s own major redevelopment – as the programme is still under revision in light of the URS Building’s grade two listing, the University is now in a position to offer it up as relief space to students. We expect URS to be available until at least August 2018.

RUSU are supportive of the move as it helps provide a suitable environment for work and study in the wake of such a major project. Ben Cooper, RUSU President, said:

“RUSU is committed to campaigning for more study space and better facilities for students on campus. We highlighted that the University must do everything it can to mitigate issues such as noise from the building work and access to books, especially for students currently studying here.

RUSU believes that this move of study space to URS is a good option and will result in less overall problems for students to face. It means that some of the noise problems will be reduced and there will be adequate study space in the busy periods whilst the Library refurbishment is being completed.”

The University is working hard to implement these plans ready for the 2017 Quiet Period. Logistics are still being finalised – we will share final plans as soon as possible. If the move is at risk of affecting the exam period it will be postponed until after exams have finished.

Don’t forget that as well as the URS Building, there are many additional alternative study spaces around campus – a full list is available online and our Free Room Finder helps identify available rooms on a daily basis. For more details of additional study space available on campus, project benefits and the latest news, please visit the Library Refurbishment Project webpage.

Rachel Redrup
for University Communications

Library open this Saturday 10 September

The Library is open this Saturday 10 September!Girl reading

Working on your dissertation? Busy in the week? Make use of the Library this Saturday – it will be the last of our three Summer Vacation Saturdays. Our Autumn Term opening hours begin on Saturday 24 September when we will be open 08:30-21:00.

Check full Library opening hours for more details.

Natalie Guest, Document Delivery Co-ordinator

Restricted entry for exam-time

Rows of small tables and chairs set out for examsFrom Thursday 31 March until Friday 10 June, Library space is reserved for University Campus and Library Card holders overnight and all weekend (Monday to Thursday, 17:00 – 08:00; Friday 17:00 – Monday 08:00).  This is to prevent disruption to our own revising students from non-University members, right until their last exam is over.

We operate a ‘no card, no access policy’ and reserve the right to refuse access to anyone, including University members, who cannot identify themselves adequately.

HOW TO GET IN – CARD-HOLDERS

University of Reading Campus Card-holders and Library Card holders are welcome at all times. However, during restricted times, the revolving door will be locked, so please enter by the right-hand Library door.

  • University members gain automatic entry by placing their Campus Card on the ‘proximity reader’ beside the right-hand door.
  • Library Card holders must show their card to staff to gain entry. Please knock for attention if staff are not right beside the door.

RESTRICTIONS FOR VISITORS

Members of the public without cards are only admitted weekdays 08:00–17:00, 31 March -10 June 2016. Regrettably, they may not use study spaces here as these are required by our own students revising for exams. Visitors are encouraged to look to their own school, college or public library for study space.

As always, our policy is that children in the Library must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

We apologise to visitors unable to use CaféLibro during restricted periods. Please try another outlet on campus or at Christchurch Green.

CAMPUS CARD FAULTY?

Should your University Campus Card fail to open the Library’s front door with the card reader, please ask Campus Card Services to fix the fault via their Campus Card non-residential door access report form or email cardfinance@reading.ac.uk.

Alternative UoR Study space

Remember that UoR students can also use alternative study space provided by the University during exam-revision time across campus.

 Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Summer Library refurbishment and study arrangements

Artists impression og refurbished libraryHere’s how the University plans to support you during Library refurbishment works, which – dependent upon the formal appointment of a contractor – should take place over summer 2016.

At times there will be noise and access to some areas will be restricted in the Library between early July and the start of the autumn term 2016, as several large-scale construction tasks are planned. Works include removing stairs, punching holes in the basement for new lifts, refurbishing offices, constructing a small café extension and undertaking roof work.

Whilst the majority of undergraduate students will be away from Reading at this time, we are very aware of the possible impact of this on staff, taught postgraduates completing dissertations, PhD and other researchers, and any undergraduates working on dissertations.

Library business as usual

Be assured that the Library will maintain its usual summer vacation opening hours and all printed books/journals on Floors 2-4 will remain accessible. Library staff will still be on hand to help, including your Liaison Librarians, as will the Study Advice and Maths Support teams.

Alternative University study space

The University and the Library will continue to provide as much information as possible on proposed works and alternative arrangements during this time. We are currently exploring providing alternative study spaces, including some with PCs, and will update you as soon as any plan is complete.

In the meantime, check out University PC areas beyond the Library. Extra study space is also available at RUSU’s The Study, and unreserved teaching spaces can be booked via Room Bookings (rooms@reading.ac.uk).

Further information

The Library Refurbishment 2016-2019 webpage gives further information, including a proposed work schedule, frequently asked questions and links to the latest refurbishment news on the University Library News blog (where day-to-day advice will be given to Library users).

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Carry your Campus Card for 24-hour access

University of Reading Library at nightPlease carry your Campus Card in the Library to prove you are a University member and entitled to access. This is especially important overnight during 24-hour opening when it will open the door for you.

From 19:00 to 08:00 please enter by the right-hand Library door – the revolving door is locked.

  • University members can gain automatic entry by placing their Campus Card on the ‘proximity reader’ beside the right-hand door.
  • Visitors and University members without their Campus/Library Cards will be asked to show ID and sign our Visitors’ Book.

The Library reserves the right to refuse access to anyone, including University members, who cannot identify themselves adequately.

Campus Card faulty?

Did your Campus Card fail to open the Library’s front door with the card reader overnight 19:00-08:00? Please ask Campus Card Services to fix the fault via their Campus Card non-residential door access report form or email campuscard@reading.ac.uk.

Summer exam-time exclusive access

Please note that during the April-June examination period, we operate a ‘no card, no access’ policy 17:00-08:00 in order to preserve our fantastic University Library facilities for University members only.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Loans periods same over vac – keep renewing!

University Library in snow with fir tree in foregroundWith textbooks in increasingly high demand even after the end of term, we’ve changed our policy to ensure fair access to all. It will be ‘business as usual’ with all loan periods remaining the same in vacation as all term.

So just keep renewing your loans unless or until someone else recalls them. If the book needs to come back, we’ll email you …  so keep checking your University account! You can even return loans by post if you prefer. If your account is blocked please contact the Library and we will discuss the situation with you.

This means you can now place holds on books on loan in vacations. (Previously we only recalled books during vacations at the start of the following term.) The threat of fines on non-returned books should help Library users return them for you!

What about Christmas holidays and Uni Closure?

The move away from books being out all vacation should benefit students and researchers needing to continue studying, especially finalists at Easter.

However, we know the short Christmas break also spans public holidays and the Christmas University Closure (Thursday 24 December to Sunday 3 January – see our Opening hours page for more information), so we’ve made special allowance. We’ll give you a bit longer to borrow: from Friday 18 December for Course Collection items; from Saturday 19 December for 7-day and journal loans). Also, nothing will be due back, and we won’t recall anything, between Saturday 19 December to Monday 4 January.

Happy holidays!

Rachel Redrup. Marketing Co-ordinator

Restricted entry for exam-time

Rows of small tables and chairs set out for examsFrom now until Friday 12 June, Library space is reserved for University Campus and Library Card holders overnight and all weekend (Monday to Thursday, 17:00 – 08:00; Friday 17:00 – Monday 08:00).  This is to prevent disruption to our own revising students from non-University members, right until their last exam is over.

We operate a ‘no card, no access policy’ and reserve the right to refuse access to anyone, including University members, who cannot identify themselves adequately.

HOW TO GET IN – CARD-HOLDERS

University of Reading Campus Card-holders and Library Card holders are welcome at all times. However, during restricted times, the revolving door will be locked, so please enter by the right-hand Library door.

  • University members gain automatic entry by placing their Campus Card on the ‘proximity reader’ beside the right-hand door.
  • Library Card holders must show their card to staff to gain entry. Please knock for attention if staff are not right beside the door.

RESTRICTIONS FOR VISITORS

Members of the public without cards are only admitted weekdays 08:00–17:00, 7 April – 12 June 2015. Regrettably, they may not use study spaces here as these are required by our own students revising for exams. Visitors are encouraged to look to their own school, college or public library for study space.

As always, our policy is that children in the Library must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

We apologise to visitors unable to use CaféLibro during restricted periods. Please try another outlet on campus or at Christchurch Green.

CAMPUS CARD FAULTY?

Should your University Campus Card fail to open the Library’s front door with the card reader, please ask Campus Card Services to fix the fault via their Campus Card non-residential door access report form or email cardfinance@reading.ac.uk.

Alternative UoR Study space

Remember that UoR students can also use alternative study space provided across campus.

 Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Restricted entry for exams – carry your card!

Rows of small tables and chairs set out for exams

Planning on revising in the Library over the coming weeks? Make sure you know what our Easter vacation opening hours are and that it’s ‘no card, no access’ after the Easter closure until the end of the summer term. Tuesday 7 April to Friday 12 June, overnight (Monday to Thursday, 17:00 – 08:00) and all weekend (17:00 Friday – 08:00 Monday) Library space is reserved for our own University members with Campus Cards and Library members holding Library Cards. This is to prevent disruption to our own revising students from non-University members, right until their last exam is over.

We reserve the right to refuse access to anyone, including University members, who cannot identify themselves adequately.

How to get in – card-holders

University of Reading Campus Card-holders and Library Card holders are welcome at all times. However, during restricted times, the revolving door will be locked, so please enter by the right-hand Library door.

  • University members gain automatic entry by placing their Campus Card on the ‘proximity reader’ beside the right-hand door.
  • Library Card holders must show their card to staff to gain entry. Please knock for attention if staff are not right beside the door.

Restrictions for visitors

Members of the public without cards are only admitted weekdays 08:00–17:00, 7 April – 12 June 2015. Regrettably, they may not use study spaces here as these are required by our own students revising for exams. Visitors are encouraged to look to their own school, college or public library for study space.

As always, our policy is that children in the Library must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

We apologise to visitors unable to use CaféLibro during restricted periods. Please try another outlet on campus or at Christchurch Green.

Campus Card faulty?

Should your University Campus Card fail to open the Library’s front door with the card reader, please ask Campus Card Services to fix the fault via their Campus Card non-residential door access report form or email cardfinance@reading.ac.uk.

 Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Library 24-hour opening in term begins

University of Reading Library at nightMost productive at night? Prefer to start work early? Revising? Course work due? This is your time!

On Sunday 9 March, the Library begins term-time 24-hour opening for the last two weeks of the spring term. After the Easter vacation, 24-hour opening returns from 22 April for the entire summer term. During the 2014-2015 session, term-time 24-hour opening will be standard. Check our opening hours page for precise times and dates.

Overnight service details

  • Overnight entry is intended primarily for University members. After Easter, you will need your Campus Card to enter 00:00 and 08:00 via a swipe-card system at the right-hand front door.
  • See our website for which service level to expect when. The Library will be self-service early evening to morning, and on May Bank Holidays. All study areas, PCs, printers and photocopiers will be will be available. You can pay small fines, borrow, return and renew at Self-Service Points, including ‘holds’ you collect yourself.
  • Noise: Please note that cleaning, including the use of vacuums, will take place regularly 05:00-08:30 Monday to Friday, plus occasional reactive cleaning. There will also be fire alarm testing every Monday at 08:00. Whilst we apologise for any temporary disturbance to your concentration, this is essential to maintain a pleasant and safe working environment for all.
  • The Library is closed 21:00 Saturday to 08:30 Sunday to allow time for any essential Library maintenance, such as loud drilling. We hope students take this time for recreation, possibly including attending RUSU events. In any case we expect there would be little use of the library at this time making it uneconomic for us to staff.

Background

Including through National Student Surveys, students said they wanted 24-hour Library opening. The University listened and invested. The Library piloted 24-hour opening for exam-time in 2013. Read what students told us last year in ‘Your views on 24-hour Library opening [2013]’.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Your views on 24-hour Library opening?

University of Reading Library at nightHave you used the Library overnight or early in the morning since it opened 24 hours for exam-time,15 April to 7 June 2013? Would you never work at this time or only during exams? Please let us know what you think of this pilot project.

Student views so far

Student studying at Library1st Floor desk by PC

Some work at night on coursework

Different people work best at different times – 24-hour opening allows everyone to visit at a time which suits them. Whilst we are not as busy as during the day, students have been making use of the Library after midnight. On average during the first week, overnight numbers were greatest at 01:00, halved by 03:30 and dwindled by 06:30.

 A few students interviewed on Saturday morning said they worked better at night and had enjoyed the peace of the Library, staying all night to finish dissertations (due this week). Others said they liked the opportunity to start their day early, arriving between 07:30 and 09:00 to begin revision. Some said they would only come to the Library overnight or early during exam-time.

Female and male students revising at desks in Library

Others arrive early to revise

However, not all students are in favour of 24-hour Library opening, feeling it exerts undue pressure to work longer hours than is healthy.

What do you think?

Please tell us what you think!  Comment privately online, post a personal paper ‘comment’ in the box at Library Reception, or join the online debate below.

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