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Q. No to gender neutral bathrooms

Answered By: Ewan McCubbin
Last Updated: Oct 04, 2017     Views: 144

Thanks for your feedback.  As you know, the Library does not currently have gender neutral toilets although these are becoming increasingly commonplace in many buildings.  Indeed, the University now has at policy of installing gender neutral bathrooms in any new or refurbished building, as reported in The Saint last year in this article.

In terms of the Main Library, the University will be undertaking further redevelopment of the building within the next few years in order to create an additional 350 study spaces mostly on Level 1 (the sub-basement).  This work will commence when Level 1 has been cleared of our general collections store and current staff accommodation, all of which will be relocated to the new Eden Campus in Guardbridge.

At the specific request of the Students' Association last year, we have designed gender neutral toilets into the Level 1 plans.  These will be fully enclosed cubicles with their own sink, similar to those found in the Arts Building.

All existing toilets in the Library (on levels 2, 3 and 4) are to be refurbished and extended, with all of these facilities designated as male or female.  Therefore users of the Library will have the choice of gender neutral or gender specific facilities and we believe that this is the best approach in terms of providing an inclusive service to all of our users.

Ewan McCubbin

Assistant Director (Public Services & Communications)

September 2017 

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