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Q. Some suggestions on stationery supplies and how to create more study spaces

Answered By: Ewan McCubbin
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2018     Views: 64

Thanks for your feedback.  We have been asked about stationery sales in the past but our view has generally been that likely demand would not justify the space and expense involved in trying to facilitate this.  We have even  looked into the possibility of a stationery vending machine but there is no viable solution available, even if we could provide the necessary floor space to accommodate one.  There are shops within a couple of minutes' walk of St Andrews which sell stationery and such stores are open until late at night, 7 days a week.

On your second point, we would love to provide more bathrooms and study spaces but we are limited by the physical size of the building.  However, the university is committed to doing exactly what you have suggested - opening up the basement (Level 1) area to students.

This space is currently occupied by staff accommodation areas but mostly by around half of our general collections, which are held in storage on this floor.  In order to open up the space to students, the store and staff accommodation needs to move to the new facilities at Eden Campus but these will not be ready until late 2019.  The following summer, work will commence to convert the basement into study space for students, adding in the region of 350 seats.  New toilet provision will be built on this floor as well as improvements to toilet facilities on levels 2, 3 and 4.  This investment in study space will be in the region of £3million.

In the meantime, we are hoping to add another 50 study spaces on one of the upper floors of the Main Library this summer but we can't provide any additional toilets until 2020.

Ewan McCubbin

Assistant Director (Public Services & Communications)

March 2018