Update on the new Library – May 2009

This message gives a brief update on the new Library before it actually opens on 7th September 2009.

Inside the new Library

It is now possible to get a fairly good idea of what the new Library will be like by going to our Inside the new Library page. Floor plans showing the general layout of the building are available along with information about the longer opening hours. There are details about the facilities which will be on offer, many of them under one roof for the first time.

Request Service

Most of stock will be transferred to the new building during June and July. However, the items which were held in the Science Library’s store were moved to the new library a couple of months ago. Since then a request service for this material has been operating very successfully. This request service will be extended to include the material held in the Science Library and the Main Library when access to books and journals has to be restricted to facilitate the move.  However, anyone wishing to consult Special Collections material should contact the staff in Special Collections direct at specialcollections@qub.ac.uk.

Other support services

The electronic journals, electronic books and databases as well as the inter-library loans service will continue to operate as usual. In addition, from now until the new library opens, all staff, students and associate members may borrow up to twice their normal loan limit and the due date for normal loan items has been extended until 7th September. For the additional convenience of library users, books may be returned to any branch of the library during the summer months.

University of Ulster Library management have generously agreed to allow Queen’s staff and students access to their library facilities, without formality and on a reference only basis, throughout the period of the move.

Saturday opening

We will continue to provide a library service on Saturdays throughout the summer. From the end of term the Main Library will be open as usual on Saturday mornings. However, from 11th July the service for all library users, including associate members, will operate out of the Seamus Heaney Library.

Saturday 6 June Main and Science Libraries open 9.00am -12.30pm
Saturdays from 13 June til 4 July  Main Library open 9.00am -12.30pm
Saturdays from 11 July til 1 August Seamus Heaney Library open 9.00am -12.30pm
Saturdays from 8 August til 5 Sept. Seamus Heaney Library open 10.00am- 5.00pm

As in previous years, extended evening opening will commence at the beginning of August with the Seamus Heaney Library remaining open until 9.00pm, Monday to Thursday, every week until the new library become fully operational in early September.

Summary of closure dates

  • The Science Library will be closed from 5.30pm on Wednesday 10th June 2009
  • The Main Library, Tower Building, will be closed from 5.30pm on Friday 12th June 2009
  • Special Collections will be closed from 5.00pm on Friday 19th June 2009
  • The Main Library, Old Building, will be closed from 5.30pm on Monday 6th July 2009

Further information

Further information is available at www.qub.ac.uk/lib/TheNewLibrary/

If you have any questions, please contact the New Library Migration Helpdesk: newlibrary@qub.ac.uk or telephone ext. 5020.

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