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Q. The bar style seating in the Library needs power outlets

Answered By: Ewan McCubbin
Last Updated: Nov 02, 2017     Views: 54

Thanks for completing a Library comments card last weekend – sorry for taking a while to reply.

We have managed in recent years to increase the number of study seats for which power points are provided.  For example, our £7m refurbishment in 2011 provided power to the majority of seats on all floors.  In 2014 we provided power to an additional 250 study seats on Levels 3 and 4 but it is more difficult to do this work on the upper floors.  This is because power on the upper floors can only be routed round the perimeter of the building or, for study desks towards the centre of the space, up from the floor below which is quite complicated.  The ground floor (Level 2) has a raised access floor which means that power and data can be more easily provided at most locations.

I think the high tables are possibly the only study seats where power isn’t currently available but it’s a very fair point that you make.  I will ask colleagues to enquire with Estates’ electricians about what could be done.  I suspect that we may be able to improve the situation on the ground floor but that the 2 upper floors may be more challenging.

Thanks again for your feedback.

Ewan McCubbin

Assistant Director (Public Services & Communications)

November 2017