Our Library building refurbishment has now progressed to preparing to demolish the stairs behind the lifts, with actual demolition planned for January 2019. We will be installing acoustic partitions to reduce the volume of noise generated by these works, but you may still experience noise when using the building. We’ve provided some  advice here on how you can still get to upper Library floors; find books moved during this work; and find alternative, quieter study space.

How do I get to upper floors?

Although the stairs behind the lifts will be out of use, you will still be able to use at least two of these existing lifts  until the new lifts are ready. The big central staircase leading up from the main hall will remain open with other stairs around the edges of the building available for emergency evacuation.

Where are my books?

During hoarding construction, books previously shelved right next to the lift area have been moved elsewhere on the same floor. Please ask staff at the floor Information Desks if you need help finding them.

  • On the 2nd Floor 337-338.52has moved to the far (eastern/Eat at the Square) end of the room by the windows.
  • On the 3rd Floor 728-733.5154has moved to new shelves by the Information Desk.

Where can I find quieter study space?

This phase of construction will sometimes involve noisy or disruptive works. Please make use of the quiet and silent study space in the Library@URS building next door, as well as the variety of alternative study space options across campus. For more see ‘The latest on student study space’.

More on the Library refurbishment

Demolishing this staircase will create space to install a dedicated Library staff book lift beside the site of a new automated returned-book sorter. Find out more about the project on our Library refurbishment webpage.

Please continue to visit the Me@Reading student portal for the latest updates on this project.