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Q. Please do something about the cramped seating

Answered By: Ewan McCubbin
Last Updated: May 17, 2018     Views: 34

Thanks for completing a Library comments card last week.

I’m sorry you’re finding it cramped on the 2 upper floors.  To be honest, there’s not a great deal we are able to do about the densely packed study spaces without a physically larger building which would allow us to spread out the existing study spaces a bit more.  The University currently has no plans to extend the physical size of the Main Library.  Additional study spaces will be available on Level 1 (the basement) after the next phase of redevelopment is complete but this won’t happen until late 2020.

In the meantime, we will be installing an additional 71 study spaces during the summer vacation this year.  Most of these will be in the north east corner of the top floor and will be created through the relocation of some collections to another part of the building.

You may find some of our other sites less cramped, including JF Allen and St Mary’s libraries as well as the lower ground area of the Gateway building.  In addition, there are other temporary study spaces available to students during exams, the details of which can be found at

Best wishes

Ewan McCubbin

Assistant Director (Public Services & Communicaitons)

May 2018