In the First Floor East Reading Room of Founder’s Library. This is one up the stairs, and on the left (or right, if you’re using the lift).
The lovely Victorian reading room on the right (First Floor West) remains intact and beautiful as ever.
Old metal shelves in that section have been removed, leaving behind wooden shelves and a lot of space for seats.
The metal shelves were dismantled, and replaced with new seating, which made it look a bit like this for a while:
And once it was tidied up, this was the finished product.
So where did the books go?
The French Literature Collection (840-849) has been moved from Founder’s First Floor East & Founder’s Ground Floor East to Founder’s Basement West (where the Founder’s print journals used to be, just below the linguistics collections).
AND in order to create much needed space in the Music book and scores collections, these have been spaced out in both sections of Founder’s First Floor East – on the shelves in the photo above. (Music previously occupied just the back section).
The Libraries always need more space, and in recent years there haven’t been many changes to Founder’s Library. This should make it a bit easier to find somewhere silent to study in the Libraries. It’s also given the Music collection lots of room to spread out – no more peering up at the high shelves for scores!
Many post graduate researchers talk about how difficult it can be to just sit down and write, write up their research, their notes, because research can sometimes only involve you, it can make it harder to remain motivated and focused.
Unfortunately, the nature of some research plus the lack of space provision on campus for post graduates often results in these students feeling a little lost, alone and disheartened.
To try and reveal some of these anxieties.. the Library services have set up ‘Shut up & Write’ an event for post graduates only.
It’s a pretty simple concept.. you turn up, you sit down, you write..
Then afterwards you get the chance to meet other postgraduate students and staff in your own dedicated space.
These events have proved popular across the country with other libraries, we hope that is will give you a time and place to crack on with some work before discussing ideas with others in a similar situation.
Here are the list of sessions for 2013/2014 so far!