After being closed all summer for major refurbishment, the Book Library re-opened in October as a much-improved resource. The Library is now more user-friendly, spacious, and modernised and allows readers to make the most of this vital space. The majority of the books have been relocated to the basement floor and arranged in a continuous sequence. A ramp has been added to ensure that the entire basement floor is accessible to wheelchairs. In order to provide a more pleasant working environment, ceiling fans have been added to improve ventilation, the brickwork has been sealed and the library has been repainted and redecorated. An extra thirty networked study spaces have been created in order to accommodate increasing numbers of laptop users, and seating has been concentrated in daylight areas.

The Book Library staff used the summer closure as an opportunity to install the library management system, Aleph. This allows us to have greater control over our working practices and to participate fully in international collaborative catalogues.

Antony Hopkins, Kilfinan Librarian, Head of Libraries, Image Services & IT