Category Archives: Building Works News

Bye Bye Lift

As in most university libraries, summer is the time for building works and stock moves in the J.B. Priestley Library.  The major project this year is the replacement of our antiquated and unreliable passenger lift with a modern and more robust unit.  Hooray!


J.B. Priestley Library and ‘Commie’ Building under construction, 1970s (UNI B25)

The works mean taking the lift out of action from 12 June 2017.  We anticipate it being unavailable for much of the summer.   Visitors who have mobility difficulties should let us know so we can make alternative arrangements for them.

Keep up with the lift’s progress and our other building projects via posts on this blog, our Building Works web page, and our Twitter account.


Building Works News

Lots of Summer building and maintenance projects going on in the J.B. Priestley Library this year.  None are on a large scale but minor disruption is to be expected.  The most relevant projects to Special Collections visitors are:

  • Repainting the main stairs.  To reach the reading room, you need to use the public lift or use the emergency staircase: follow the big red signs!


  • Journals on the move on Floor 02 from 17 June = some noise and disruption for our visitors.

Sorry for any inconvenience!  The best way to keep in touch with day to day news of building works is through our Twitter accounts: @libraryuob for all Library services and @100objectsbrad for things affecting Special Collections.

Under Construction – 2013

We are anticipating some building works in the J.B. Priestley Library from late May, as soon as exams are finished, on the upper floors and stair areas.  These are fairly small-scale compared to last summer’s works and should have little effect on users of Special Collections.

Building J.B. Priestley Library and Communal Building (now Student Central), University of Bradford, circa 1973 (UNI X1863 B25).

This summer’s works won’t be quite on this scale! Building J.B. Priestley Library and Communal Building (now Student Central), circa 1973 (UNI X1863 B25).

I’ll post further news when available: here, on our Facebook page, and on the Special Collections Twitter account.  See also the Library’s Twitter account for updates on building works and other useful info.


Building Works News: July/August

The works immediately adjacent to Special Collections are now complete (we have shiny new toilets!).  However, noise from the  GLEE building project to improve floors 1 and 2 will continue throughout the summer.  Visitors to Special Collections should be aware that there may be short-notice disturbance.  We will do our best to minimise the impact of works where we have sufficient notice and apologise for any inconvenience in advance.

Building Works April/May

More detail about the works!  Follow this blog for updates.

1. The Floor 02 toilets are being refurbished from 27 March: work will take about six weeks.  Visitors will need to use alternative toilets on the other floors.  There may be some noise from the building works – we do not yet know how much disturbance to expect so we are encouraging visitors to rearrange their appointments for later dates where possible.

2. We may experience disruption from the GLEE Project, which will transform the upper floors of the Library.  Visitors with an interest in peace/politics should note that Commonweal will be affected: see the Glee Project website for ways to find out more.

Under Construction April/May 2012

Special Collections visitors will be affected by building projects during April and May 2012.  We apologise for any inconvenience suffered: the works will provide a better environment for all Library users. Please contact us if you have any queries or concerns.

Under Construction – March update

The latest news on the Floor 02 toilets: the likely start date for the building works is 30 March, finishing in mid-May.  Readers with appointments in Special Collections during this time will need to use toilets on other floors and we may experience some disruption from the works (though most demolition and other noisy work will take place out of hours).  Apologies in advance!