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Visit from University of Nottingham: University Library Refurbishment


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Presentation delivered during a visit from the University of Nottingham
20th August 2012

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  • 1. Visit from University of Nottingham University Library Refurbishment 20th August 2012
  • 2. This session • University Context • Brief history of Library buildings • Vision & Drivers for the refurbishment project • The Projects • Stakeholder input • Design • Building project • Delivery
  • 3. The University Context & Library buildings
  • 4. University of York • Founded 1963 • UK top 20; RAE 8th; World top 100; now Russell Group; WUN • 15,265 students • >30 departments in humanities, social sciences, science • Campus growth – Heslington East • Collegiate and inclusive
  • 5. University Library • > 1m items • >100 staff • Archives extensive & unique • Developing digital library expertise • Library & Archives to 2008 • Now part of Information Directorate
  • 6. JB Morrell Library • 1960's Library building • Designed in collaboration with University's first Librarian, Harry Fairhurst – few barriers between stock and users – large open areas that can be altered as necessary – teaching accommodation – group studies – cafe • First major extension to North of building: 1986- 1987
  • 7. Raymond Burton Library for Humanities Research • Opened 2003 • Funded primarily by the Raymond Burton Charitable Trust • Purpose built Library conjoined • Includes a research reading room • Temperature controlled storage for Special Collections
  • 8. The Borthwick Institute for Archives • Founded in 1952 as a forerunner of the University • Archives moves from its city centre location to an extension to the Raymond Burton Library in 2005 • Library department renamed Library & Archives
  • 9. Other branches • King’s Manor Library • York Minster Library, in partnership with Dean & Chapter – Oldest & largest Cathedral Library in the country • Both in Grade One listed locations
  • 10. Initial drivers & opportunities • Asbestos removal from JBM Library • Move of adjacent Computer Science academic department to Heslington East, releasing a further refurbishment opportunity • Joined up approach to Information provision as expressed in the 2008 Information Strategy
  • 11. LibQUAL+ 2008
  • 12. The Vision
  • 13. Vision components • A research Library environment for deep study including archives • A working Library for students and staff – Better group and individual space • A ‘Commons’ building – Multimedia provision (focused on Music & TFTV) – Interactive space (and with a range of staff) – Technology rich varieties of space (including PGRs)
  • 14. Other factors • Building integrity • Upgrade to lighting, heating and ventilation essential • Tired facilities • Improved zoning required • Need for bookable group study space • Pressure on collection space • Increased emphasis on self service • Additional IT including use of personal devices
  • 15. BEFORE
  • 16. The Projects
  • 17. Stakeholder input
  • 18. • Consultation with o Library staff o Academic staff o Students • Data on space utilisation and future needs • Review of Library survey data and comments • Examples of good practice from other institutions • Advice from Estates and other contractors
  • 19. Design
  • 20. • Respecting the integrity of the original design of the JB Morrell Library • Common palette of finishes • Buildings distinguished by use of colour in furniture • Power throughout • Wireless throughout • Zoning • Wide range of study facilities • Longevity of furniture solutions • Design shifted as Computer Science building was added to the plans
  • 21. Building project
  • 22. Timescales • J B Morrell tender won by Shepherd Construction Ltd in Summer 2009 o Building work January 2010 until 24 February 2012 o Move of 95% of Library staff to portakabins August 2010 • Customer Services & Archives staff remained in building o Construction work took place over 6 phases o Four floors; ground, first, second and third (also included roof refurbishment) o Library stayed open throughout o Work took place on one floor/part of a floor at a time o Overnight working when necessary o Large scale book moves throughout to accommodate the closing/re-opening of floors • Computer Science building tender won by Shepherd Construction Ltd in Summer 2010 o Building work October 2010 until 16 April 2011 o Three floors; ground, first and second (also included roof refurbishment) o Shorter timescale as contractor had full control of building
  • 23. Issues • Maintaining a fully operational Library throughout the work • Noise (from building work and the sub-contractors themselves) • Loss of study space • General communication between Library staff as on split sites • Customer and Contractor expectations • Move of some lesser used stock to external closed storage • Renovating a building which had sparse records about infrastructure
  • 24. Opportunities • Computer Science building gave us the chance to offer innovative study spaces not seen before at York • Opened up/improved networks with other departments in the University • Library Cafe • Enabled 24/7 opening • Put the Library back on the map
  • 25. Delivery
  • 26. “Love the new Harry Fairhurst Building” “Despite building disruption, staff have always done a good job and library information has improved over the past couple of years” “…I really like the new Harry Fairhurst Building…a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere…thank you!”
  • 27. Questions?