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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.

Hello to Health Studies!

Midwifery prospectus 1997

Midwifery prospectus 1997, with snazzy image of old Health Studies building

The Health Studies department is moving to a new home on City Campus, which means Health Studies Library will move to the J.B. Priestley Library this summer.  Some changes will be needed to accommodate these extra students, colleagues and collections, so building works will be in progress from February until July, with a break for the exams of course.

I don’t anticipate any major impact on Special Collections visitors, as the works will be in a different part of the building.  There may be occasional problems with particularly noisy works, or certain deliveries – may not be time to blog, so  my twitter account is the best way to keep up with these.

News of the works will be broadcast to University staff and students in various ways, including the University twitter and LSS web pages.

To greenly go

Green people in queue

Green people in queue

The J.B. Priestley Library had a green invasion this week, when an alien, a witch, a dragon and something that is probably a frog beamed, popped or hopped in to exchange their library books or relax with a good read.

They’re all green and so are the new jute eco-bags on sale in the Library.   Though those are actually a very fetching shade of turquoise.

Alison is one of the characters and John took the photos.  Sarah George talked us all into it …

Witch reading

Witch enjoying a good read

Dragon relaxing with his new bag

Dragon relaxing with his new bag

Double helpings of news

The Summer 2009 issue of our e-newsletter, Special Collections News, is now available, including Willie Riley, Bradfinder, and Priestley’s readership. You can be kept informed of new issues and lots of other news by joining the Special Collections Mailing List.

Also now available: the first issue of PaxCat Project Newsletter, keeping up to date with progress on cataloguing the Commonweal Archives.

Bradfinder is coming

This summer, the University of Bradford Library will be moving to a new “Library Management System”: the software that enables us to run the library, and, in particular, create our library catalogue.  The new catalogue will be called Bradfinder, and will offer much more powerful search facilities.  Bradfinder should go live on 28 July.  More news when it becomes available.