Tag Archives: Visitors

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 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 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.