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  1. Option 3 would seem to be by far the best in terms of both the flexibility and functionality of the space and the quality of the environment which would be created.

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  3. Are there going to be any more desktop pc’s available for students to use? The lack of PCs seems to be a major issue, especially around the major deadline times (pre-holiday, not just pre-exam). If you take today for example, there are hardly any pc’s available to use in the library. I understand there is a demand for more group space, however I would urge that substantially increasing the number of desktop pc’s should be prioritised.

    • I have been keeping a close eye on Cloud Desktop since we introduced the new service last September. Yesterday was the busiest yet with 231 logged in at the peak time of 15:00. We currently have 265 Cloud Desktop Terminals in the Library and so even at this busy time there should still have been terminals available.

      Students can now access the Cloud Desktop from their own computer or tablet which opens up more options to those that bring their own device.
      http://lncn.eu/cloud

      The Library does of course still have labs of traditional desktop PCs and clusters of Macs in addition to the Cloud Desktop Terminals.

      • I think you would most likely find that the remaining number of terminals are faulty and were out of use. I was in the library at 3 yesterday and there was a constant stream of library users hunting for a free terminal. The number of cloud terminals not working also needs to be looked in to, I suspect the issues are not reported? Maybe a new identifying/reporting system needs to be implemented?

        • Hi Alex, We do carry out visual checks of the devices as often as we can, and will try to increase the frequency of these – most of the problems that do ocur are minor ones like loose cables, so its always worth checking these if computers don’t switch on. We are also very happy for students to report problems to the desk staff (or by twitter – @GCWLibrary) so we can check out any problems quickly.

          Ian Snowley – University Librarian

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  5. Can I ask why it is being done over the exam period? I have an exam during May and I find loud noises such as what you get from construction to be highly distracting. Would it not be better to start it when the uni is quieter after exams?

  6. I am a third year student and have my dissertation to write, the library is about the only place I can work because there is no distractions and noises, i’m concerned this building work during the most important months of my degree will have an effect on my concentration and grades. How can you guarantee there this will not happen? Im sure lots of other people are thinking the same.

  7. We’re doing everything we can to minimise the disruption to Library users – most of the work won’t be noisy, and where possible we’ve scheduled work that might be disruptive so that it happens around Easter or in the Summer. We will meet weekly with the builders and take steps to quickly address any problems if they do arise.

    The work is contained at one end of the building, so you should be able to find space to work away from the site. Don’t forget we’re also open 24/7 from 11th to 24th March, and 7th April to 12th May.

    Ian Snowley, University Librarian

  8. This is good news for all users of the library – staff included: call me old-fashioned but I do hope that this will maybe free some space for more books, and the retention of some older but still historically essential journals.

    On a slightly lighter note, I personally can’t wait to get on the ‘desire loop’, but we are a university – surely we should be seen as being capable of writing real, meaningful, English rather than resorting to this type of marketing psychobabble?

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  10. Its come to my attention that some students and staff have expressed concern that the exams due to be held in the Library may be affected by the building work.

    Management of noise and any disruption during this project has been at the top of our priority list, and Keir’s (the contractor) programme has been drawn up to ensure that any disturbance to Library users is minimsed. The potentially noisy work, such as piling and steelwork has been scheduled in the run-up to Easter, and other work such as breaking through into the Library will take place in the Summer.

    In addition Keir have been given the timetable for exams in UL103/4 (13th-31st May) in order to ensure that these are not disrupted.

    We will be meeting weekly with Keir to discuss the next week’s work, and will use these meetings (and constant monitoring on site) to direct their work programme to protect the experience of students and staff in the Library throughtout the project.

    I hope that this will reassure students and staff, that we have planned to minimise disruption and that we have procedures in place to protect the student experience during the project.

    Ian Snowley, University Librarian

  11. Who would be able to tell me how much the library expansion is costing, and if so, where the money is coming from?

    Thanks,
    Rachel

    • Thanks for your question, Rachel.

      The Library expansion project is expected to cost £674,000. This is coming entirely from University funds which have been specially designated for capital expenditure.

      If you’d like to know more about our funding, please take a look at our Financial Statements.

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