During the summer we are having changes made to the library space to increase the number of group study spaces available for students. The current group study room has been extended by knocking a wall through into a meeting room. The whole room is being revamped with new ceiling and floor, repainted walls and new furniture and fittings. There will be five group study tables with six seats with integrated plasma screens. There will also be two six seater study booths with plasma screens.
In order to make space for the group study tables and booths we are replacing the Service Desk. The old desk had been in place since the 70s and although acceptable and functional, had a large footprint. We are getting a new Service Desk and it is going to be located nearer the entrance and stairs to provide good visibility.
So far the building work is going well and we are on schedule I think - next week should see the arrival of the new furniture so I'm looking forward to seeing the new Service Desk. Then will be the challenge of becoming operational from the new desk and we have already been discussing in our team how workflows and processes are going to work.
The other improvement that is being made is to the individual study rooms - the flooring has been replaced and they are currently being painted It is definitely an improvement and the rooms are in high demand.
More information is available on our Information Services blog which I've been posting updates to
HWU IS library improvements July
HWU IS library improvements August