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Q. Open Days should not include Library tours

Answered By: Ewan McCubbin
Last Updated: May 17, 2018     Views: 101

Thanks for your comments.  We have only started doing tours of the Library's facilities for prospective students this year.  This was a specific request from our colleagues in Admissions as they had been asked by previous Open Day visitors to see inside Library facilities.

Main Library tours have been brief and restricted to Level 2.  They have been popular with prospective students and their families which shows how important the Library is to them!  We deliberately avoided taking visitors into the silent areas although they were allowed to take a look themselves.

I suspect that your card may have been prompted by last Wednesday's PG Open Day.  That was the first time we'd been involved in one of those and, as above, we showed these prospective students the Main Library.

We also took them to Martyrs and gave them a brief talk about the facility outside before letting them briefly walk around the Thomson Room on their own.  I appreciate that this would have been a little bit disruptive but we did forewarn users that day that there would be tours.  The visits only lasted 90 minutes of intermittent groups coming in and given that the Thomson Room is open for 108 hours a week, this wasn't a lot of time.

I think it's important that the University is able to show its facilities to prospective students and it's important that the Library is included.  The fact that we have been specifically asked to do this by Admissions illustrates all the more the importance of our participation.

Ewan McCubbin

Assistant Director (Public Services & Communications)

November 2017

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