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Steam cleaning of the exterior of the Main Library building

August 8, 2012
Steam cleaning of the north elevation of the Main Library building

As many library users may have noticed the Main Library building is undergoing a deep steam clean to brighten up the concrete. Both the West and the North elevations of the Library have been cleaned and it is expected that the East (where the main entrance is) will be cleaned over the weekend of the 11th and 12th August.

The planned times for the work on Saturday 11th August will be 7am to 9.30am, and 2pm to 7pm (outside the Main Library opening times).

It is expected that the cleaning of all four elevations will be  complete by Sunday 19th August.

How to recall books from the Main Library during the summer 2012

June 8, 2012

If you want to recall a book from the main library please follow the steps below:

1. Search for the book(s) in SAULCAT
2. Click on the ‘Recall’ button, just above the search fields
3. Enter your Library barcode number, located on the back of your matriculation card, and click ‘submit’
4. Click on the circle (radio button) beside the item you wish to recall
5. Then click ‘Request selected item’

Items recalled will be retrieved from levels 3 and 4 of the Main library by staff , and will be available for collection from the Short Loan area of level 2.

Replacements of seats on level 2 (Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th June)

June 6, 2012

During Tuesday and Wednesday of next week all four-legged seats on level 2 will have their seat pads replaced. HCS, the Library’s furniture supplier, will carry out this activity on site, in batches, within a designated area of level 2.

Please expect slight noise disruption from the use of power tools, and inconvenience caused by the temporary displacement of chairs.

The Library apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused from this necessary activity.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to speak to a member of Library staff at the Helpdesk.

Reference collections (Level 3 and 4)

May 14, 2012

From today the small reference collections on levels 3 and 4 will be boxed and placed in temporary storage, whilst the redevelopment work in the Main Library continues this summer.

If library users wish to consult with items please speak to a member of Library staff at the helpdesk in the first instance.


Microfiche collection

May 3, 2012

The microfiche/film collection, currently on level 3, is now being transferred to the Library store in preparation for the summer redevelopment project.

If library users wish to consult items from the microfiche/film collection over the summer please speak to a member of Library Helpdesk staff, during Helpdesk opening hours, who will retrieve any requested items. Microfiche/film can be viewed on two fiche/film readers, which will be available for use on level 2 (beside the DVD and Video players). Items recalled will be available for collection from the Helpdesk during Helpdesk opening hours and should be returned to the Helpdesk staff when they are no longer needed. If Library users wish to consult items over an extended period of time please speak to a member of Library helpdesk staff in advance.

From the start of the next academic year the microfiche/film collection will be permanently housed in the Library store, accessible on a recall basis as per other library store items. It is intended that microfiche/film readers will be available for use on the refurbished level 4.

If you have any queries regarding the move of the microfiche collection please speak to a member of Library staff.

Main Library Redevelopment – w/c 21st May

May 1, 2012

Following the successful completion of the first phase of the Main Library redevelopment project in summer 2011, which focussed on delivering improvements to levels 1 and 2, the Library will shortly embark on the second phase of redevelopment work.

What you need to know…

During the second last week in May the Library will begin preparation of levels 3 and 4 in time for the contractors to begin work.

  • From Saturday the 5th to Thursday the 24th of May, the Library’s opening hours will be increased to 8am to 2 am, 7 days a week.
  • From Tuesday the 15th to Wednesday 23rd of May, the Arts Lecture Theatre will be open as student study space (62 seats) between 8am and midnight.
  • From Monday 21st May access to level 4 will be restricted to book stock only. Library users will be encouraged to use the study spaces on levels 2 and 3.
  • From Tuesday 22nd May, 2pm, access to both level 3 and 4 will be restricted to book stock only. Library users will be encouraged to use the study spaces on level 2.

Please note that during this week there will be significant moves of furniture, electronic equipment and shelving out of and around the Library building.

Where can I find books and journals?

April 20, 2012

To assist Main Library users locate material, during the necessary pre redevelopment stock moves, below is a guide to what stock is located on each floor. Moves are still ongoing and the temporary directory signs in the public stairwell in the Main Library will be changed should any book stock move to a different floor.


  • A – JN1125.I52H7 (aisles 1A – 36A)
  • PN57.E94N7 – Z (aisles 48A – 65A, Excl. Art History and Photography)
  • Folio books prefixed ‘f’ (aisles 66A – 70B)


  • DA – H (temporary location)


  • JN1129.I6I6 – PN57.D7R7 (aisle 1A – 26A)
  • Art History (N)
  • Photography (TR) (aisle 64A)
  • Gov. Publications (aisle 57A – 63A)
  • Iranian collection (aisle 55B – 66B)
  • National Union Catalogue (aisle 67B – 69B)
  • British Library Catalogue  (aisle 69B – 70B)

J – Z (currently in transit to aisles 27B – 54B)

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