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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 2012

Spring and Summer 2012 will see various building works in the J.B. Priestley Library.  At present, we do not anticipate closing the Reading Room or being unable to offer access to any material, but it may occasionally be necessary for us to do so.  More dates and information about matters affecting Special Collections will be made available here as soon as we have them.

The toilets in the Library are currently being improved, with much better and more eco-friendly facilities.  We are currently experiencing minor noise disturbance from the refurbishment of toilets on Floor 01.  From mid-March into April, the toilets on Floor 02 next to the Reading Room will be refurbished.  As most of the noisy work will take place in the early mornings, we do not intend to close the service.  However, visitors should be aware that the nearest toilet will be a floor away (accessible via lift) and that some noise and disturbance during opening hours is unavoidable.

Some major works will be taking place on Floors 1 and 2 to improve heating and lighting systems and create a more pleasant environment.  These will have less direct impact on Special Collections than the toilet works, but please note that there will be noise from building processes and from the movement of people and materials via the Loading Bay throughout the summer.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will do our best to ensure your visit is enjoyable and useful for you.

Under Construction!

The J.B. Priestley Library building, where Special Collections is located, is being refurbished.  The current phase involves linking to the old Communal Building, to create space more appropriate for 21st century learning styles.  Obviously this means upheaval, noise, and pressure on study space.  There should be little direct impact on Special Collections services during this phase, but we do apologise for the noise and anything else that may disturb your visit!

More detail about the refurbishment

PS 22 April.  In a separate project, the roof of the floor 2 extension is to be repaired.  There will be disruption for about 5 weeks, though drilling will be confined to 6-11 am.  This should have less impact on SC readers.  Sorry about further disruption.