The McClay Library Expansion Project – September 2019 Update

This is the latest in a series of regular updates to keep you informed on progress of the McClay Library Phase 3 expansion project.

This project will realise a significant number of additional PCs and study seats in the library and involves the following key elements:

  • The courtyard area on the ground floor will provide over 100 PCs and 9 additional group study rooms (opening September 2019)
  • The student lounge on the ground floor will be doubled in size (opening September 2019)
  • A new silent study room with 67 seats will be created at the bottom of the atrium (opening December 2019)
  • Additional study seats and PCs will be added to floors 1 and 3 (additional seats available in September 2019 and additional PCs from October 2019)  

The project is progressing well and is currently concentrated in the following areas:

Student Lounge

Work in this area is underway and will continue during the early weeks of September. There is access to some seating, to the vending machines and to the water filters. However, there are currently no toilet facilities in this area.  Access to the extended lounge area is anticipated from Monday 23 September.

Special Collections

Work on the extension to the Special Collections store is ongoing with access via staircase 1 and the Special Collections Reading Room. As a result, readers consulting Special Collections are currently being relocated to the Special Collections Seminar Room.   

Short Loan Collection

The Short Loan collection has moved to its new location and will be directly accessible to students from Monday 16 September. In the meantime, if you require a particular item, please ask at the Borrower Services desk.     

Ground floor atrium area

The IT Service Desk has been temporarily re-located to the other side of the atrium.   

While we will do our utmost to minimise any disruption (and particularly disruptive work will be completed out of hours or carried out as early in the morning as possible), please note that this is a major building project so there may be some background noise. 

If you have any particular feedback or questions, please contact: library@qub.ac.uk

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