Q. We need more study spaces and toilets!
Answered By: Ewan McCubbin Last Updated: Nov 14, 2017 Views: 97
Thank you for your comments. I quite agree - the Library does not have sufficient study space for students and we would love to have more room. The University does intend to invest an additional £3m in the Main Library creating an extra 375 study spaces but this can't be done until late 2020. This is because the only space available to us in this building is the Level 1 sub-basement and that is currently occupied by our general collections store and some staff offices.
Once the Eden Campus at Guardbridge is completed in late 2019, this store and office accommodation will relocate to there and the redevelopment of Level 1 will commence. Until then, there is nothing Library staff can do to create additional study space in this building.
We do have other libraries at St Mary's (which does have extended opening hours at the moment) and the JF Allen Library at the North Haugh, both of which you are welcome to use. There are also other study spaces such as the Gateway Well on the North Haugh which has 60 spaces for students and is open 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.
I quite agree about the toilet provision - we have nowhere near enough but I'm afraid there is nothing we can do about this until the planned redevelopment in 3 years.
Assistant Director (Public Services & Communications)
- JF Allen and Martyr's Kirk are already at full capacity constantly. Sending students to these from the main library only causes more problems for the students using those, e.g. science students who don't have time to reach the main library between classes. The extra 375 spaces would scarcely touch the problem now, let alone in three years' time. The university is rumoured to be increasing its population to 10,000 students by then, i.e. an extra 2,000 students. The expansion would be as good as useless in that case. Also, for all the extra money coming in from those students, you'd hope they could do more than 375 spaces. That's £8000/study space in the renovation. On what planet is that reasonable?
- Your points are very well made but I'm afraid that there is a limit to what Library staff can do. The further redevelopment of the Main Library was originally planned to be completed by this year but the Eden Campus project is complicated, thus the timeframe has moved to 2020. We do not have any additional space available to us in the town centre at this time and, other than the Level 1 works in 2020, the University does not currently have any plans to increase the size of the Main Library building or its study space provision. There is the possibility of additional space being made available in nearby areas - e.g. Butts Wynd - once these have been vacated by staff moving to Eden Campus, but again this cannot happen until 2019/2020.