Silent Study at Northampton Square

Returning students will notice that Level 6 is closed for refurbishment as part of our wider work to develop the library estate.

Levels 4 and 5 are still available for silent study.  In addition to the silent spaces inside the Library, we have transformed B411c into a silent study room.  You can access this new silent study space by taking the lift or stairs from the refectory end of the Level 1 walkway to the 4th floor and following signs to Silent Study.

B411c will be open Monday-Friday 08:30-18:00.

 

 

 

Bookable library spaces

Our Technobooths and Pods on Level 3 of Northampton Square Library are now available to book for quiet collaborative work.  Students can book these spaces for a maximum of two hours per day, up to two weeks in advance.  You can book these online through our new look bookings pages.

Technobooths are ideal for working with your colleagues on a group project or presentation as they are equipped with a large screen which you can plug your own laptop into.  Our quiet collaborative pods are great if you want to study in the same place as your friends.

If you want to study in a group, then our group study rooms and spaces on Level 2 are for you.

 

Book moves at Northampton Square

Over the summer we installed nearly 700 metres of shelving on Level 3 and moved 1.2 km of books to spread the library stock across three levels of Northampton Square Library; the same length as Oxford Street from Oxford Circus to Marble Arch stations!  As a result you will see some empty shelves on Level 5.

You will now find your books on Levels 3, 4, and 5.  CityLibrary Search has also been updated to show you which level the book you are after is on.

All this work was done in preparation for planned developments to our spaces.  Watch this space for more information in the coming months…

Level 6 Re-opens

Where can you find the best view at City? My vote goes for the panorama from Level 6 of the Northampton Square Library, looking over iconic London buildings such as the Gherkin, the Barbican and the Walkie Talkie.

view

Now we have been busy improving the view on the inside of Level 6 as well. For the past two weeks, we have been dismantling the old desks on level 6…

Level 6 desks

..and installing new ones.

new desks

By replacing the old desks with new, we’ve been able to increase the number of study spaces in the library. We’ve also fitted power sockets to more desks on Level 6, and will be completing this work later in the year.

This is all part of the summer programme of improvements that also saw the new pods popping up on Level 3, and more group study tables being added to Level 2.

Invasion of the pod people

Did you guess what was in the huge pile of boxes on Level 3? It wasn’t, as suggested by many, an indoor tennis court for giants, although 10 out of 10 for imagination.

Instead, the library elves have been busy putting together our stylish new top-of-the-range study pods. Combining comfort and practicality, the new seating allows up to six people to study together on soft comfy chairs, complete with desk and electrical sockets.

pod1

Choose a pod with a higher or lower back for your own level of privacy.

pod2

We think they’re rather snazzy, but we’d love to know what you think. Tweet us a picture of you using the pods to @CityUniLibrary .

Northampton Square Library, Level 3 closure

Level 3 of the Northampton Square Library will be closed over the Bank Holiday weekend (27th-31st August) so we can install new furniture.

If you need to do group work, please use Level 2. Levels 4, 5 and 6 will be available for silent study as usual.

All the new furniture has been delivered but still needs to be unpacked and assembled. As you can see from pile of boxes and mystery objects below, it’s going to be a big job.

furniture

What will it be once it’s all put together? Check City Library News next week to see what’s in the box!

 

Library Staff Love #4: Bins

Garbage. Dumpster. Trash can.

The humble dustbin comes in a variety of forms and synonyms, none more exciting than the dazzling array of new multi-purpose bins we have across all the Library sites. Simon B in particular is a big fan of our new bins and wanted to share with everyone just why he loves them so:

“The new bins are great… real snazzy and come in a fetching palette of soothing greys, black and green. You can put recyclable waste in the green bit and non-recyclable waste in black bit, and as long as food has been emptied from the containers you can recycle them… the new bins help support the University’s waste management policies and encourage sustainable processes.”

Our 'snazzy' new bins
Our ‘snazzy’ new bins

We hope that having more snazzy bins throughout Library spaces has made it much easier for users to dispose of plastic packets and cardboard containers, especially since the new policy on allowing cold snacks was introduced.

Thanks for sharing your love of bins Simon!

 

Library Staff Love #2: Purple James Bond style chairs

The name is Librarian, University Librarian.

Yes, this month’s recommendation comes from Louise D. and highlights how the Northampton Square Library now offers all of our students and staff the chance to play out a fluffy-white-cat-spinning-chair fantasy…

But why does Louise love the purple chairs?

“I love these chairs, because… they were in use the moment they went out, and they offer a beautiful view of the square. Particularly in autumn with the trees changing colours. I’ve worked in a number of different areas of London throughout my career and I love the fact NSQ Library overlooks such a green and quiet (some of the time) space. Purple Peace amongst the chaos.”

Yes, it’s been great to see students enjoying the Library spaces and feeling comfortable and relaxed, which is particularly important during stressful periods like exam time.

Thanks Louise!

(If you would like to share what you love about the Library, let us know!)

Take a break on the new seats on Library Level 2. Thanks to @ivaalexieva for letting us share this photo. #cityunilibrary #takeabreak

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