Although the spaces in the Northampton Square Library have been quieter over the summer, library staff have been busy using your feedback to make changes.
level 3 can be very loud, reducing noise levels would be very good
This was a common theme in our recent feedback campaigns, with many of you suggesting that you would appreciate a quieter, more studious study space on Level 3.
From September, Level 3 of the Northampton Square Library is for quiet study. When using Level 3 please keep conversations to a minimum, and if you want to work in a large group be considerate of your fellow students and book a group study room or use one of the other collaborative study spaces throughout the University, such as in the Tait Building.
To make the space more suitable for quiet study we have purchased new furniture and the last pieces will be delivered and installed this week.
The problems we were experiencing with the walk-in access PC at Northampton Square have now been resolved. Authorised users can now access this machine during staffed hours, please speak to a member of Library staff to use this service.
From Monday 30th of April until midnight on Friday 8th of June the Northampton Square Library will be open 24/7 for you to study around-the-clock.
Library staff will be on hand during normal working hours before handing over to our Security colleagues who’ll keep an eye on things until morning: but don’t worry, if you suddenly think of a question overnight we have a host of Library Guides plus our Ask us section available via the website to help support you.
During 24/7 opening we expect Library users to treat staff, other students and university property with respect, to adhere to the Library Services Code of Conduct and to use 24/7 opening responsibly. As we are situated in a residential area, Library users are expected to treat our neighbours with consideration by leaving the premises quickly, quietly and without causing disturbance.
Please also remember to take plenty of breaks when studying and to keep safe when travelling home from the library late at night.
Over the next week Library staff will be popping-up all over City to gather your feedback. This is your chance to tell us what you love about Library Services and what we could do better.There will be goodies on offer and the chance to win £10 in Print Credit by entering our prize draw.
Your feedback can really make a difference. It helps us improve the Library Service for you and other students.
Pop-ups at Northampton Square
Monday 19th February
Outside Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tait Building
Tuesday 20th February
Entrance, Rhind Building
Wednesday 21st February
Level 1, Drysdale Building
Thursday 22nd February
University Building Walkway
Friday 23rd February
Lower Ground Drysdale Building
Pop-up at the Cass Business School, Bunhill Row
Wednesday 21st February
Outside Cass Learning Resource Centre
2.15 – 2.45
Alternative ways to submit your feedback
In addition to the pop-ups you’ll find feedback walls at each of our libraries where you can anonymously post your comments which we’ll respond to. To still be in with a chance of winning print credit you can give us your feedback online.
Do you still need to sign up for your free subscription to the FT.com? Login to using the City Library website and use your City email address to register. After you’ve registered, you can easily access your account through www.ft.com > login with the details you initially set up.
All this week Library Staff will be popping-up across the University to find out what you think about Library Services. We’d like to know what you love and why you love it: plus, your ideas for how we can improve things too.
Your feedback really does make a difference: it helps us plan and make changes for the benefit of everyone who uses the Library’s services, resources and spaces.
As well as librarians popping-up everywhere and chatting in-person, we’ll also have Feedback Walls at all of our sites so that you can post your comments anonymously: you’ll also be able to read other people’s thoughts as well as any responses from Library Staff.
Pop-ups at Northampton Square:
Monday 20th Nov
University Building Walkway
Tuesday 21st Nov
Rhind Building Entrance
Wednesday 22nd Nov
Drysdale 1st floor walkway (nr garden entrance)
Thursday 23rd Nov
Oliver Thomson Lecture Theatre foyer
Friday 24th Nov
Drysdale Lower Ground
Pop-ups at City Law School, Gray’s Inn Place:
Tuesday 21st Nov
Common Room, Atkin Building, Gray’s Inn Place
Pop-ups at the Cass Business School, Bunhill Row:
Wednesday 22nd Nov
Outside the Cass Learning Resource Centre
Don’t forget, there are lots of other ways to contact us too including via email, Online Chat, and Social Media: let us know what you think!
You can get a flavour of their creativity by reading City Novel and City Crime: brilliant collections of their stories available in the Library, so brilliant in fact that they’re the subject of our latest Staff Pick submitted by an enthusiastic, anonymous colleague:
“They’ve only gone and done it again! City’s talented writers have knuckled down and created some fresh, raw and revealing fiction. I just love to read new books and these collected excerpts are all brilliant. They really whet the appetite for more.
The City Crime books are all full of spooky whodunnits and the City Novel books are all just full of great novels. It’s like a little bonsai library. Just perfect.”
Librarians are known for knowing their fiction so you can’t go wrong with a recommendation from one, including from our very own mystery author. You can pick up copies of City Novel and City Crime from Level 5 of the Northampton Square Library today.
Planning on venturing into the Northampton Square Library for the first time? Here are 10 hush-hush hacks only those in-the-know know….
(1) There’s a lift from the main entrance direct to Level 2
Our Library is accessible which is great if you use a mobility aid, and even greater if you just don’t like stairs. There’s a mirror in it too, so before you exit through automatic doors, heralded by the sound of happy elevator beeps, you can also make sure you look fabulous (or check you haven’t got chocolate smeared across your face, whichever is more likely).
(2) Our Entrance and Exit Gates want to be your friend
Turn left at the Library Service Desk to enter the Library. Our Library Essentials Guide has a great example of how to gain access using your City card.
To exit, use the middle gate marked ‘Exit’. No need to swipe, just walk through calmly and let the magic happen. “Is this really a hack?” I hear you cry. All I’ll say is, you’d be surprised at the amount of people who experience what’s known as MBF (Major Barrier Fail). Don’t be one of them.
(3) The right-hand lift is superior to the left-hand lift
Reason being it has a window, so you can gaze out at the eastern cityscape as you’re whisked to your chosen floor:
Okay, it’s not quite the London Eye, there isn’t any muzak and there’s some sort of mysterious blob hindering the view, but, you know. (Think the left-hand lift is better? Tell us why).
(4) The water fountain is on Level 3
Possibly our greatest acquisition ever (marginally ahead of the purple chairs) the water fountain brings refreshing hydration joy to Library users all year round.
(5) Experience a corporeal mediated experience on Level 3
Engage with the Fourth Estate in the classic format by reading an actual newspaper live: you’ll find them on our dynamic rotational display device, along with supplements including the THE.
(6) Not all the Group Study Rooms on Level 3 are the same
Some rooms have whiteboards (you can borrow marker pens from the Service Desk), some have I.T. and some offer a little more legroom. Take Room 3J for example:
Entrance to Group Study Room 3J
Panorama of 3J
Not only is it roomier, judging by the panorama picture quality it’s also built on top of some sort of temporal vortex. Exciting.
(7) There’s a secret vending machine on Level 3
Well, it was secret. Regularly stocked with all your favourite snackage (including some new and interesting variants) the Level 3 machine is tucked away in the corner near the printers.
(8) The most exciting shelving is on Level 4
Arguably, the first shelving bay on Level 4 is the most exciting in the whole Library:
On the left, we have the Careers Collection with items specially chosen with your professional development in mind. To the right we have reference heaven with a plethora of dictionaries in multiple languages; and then on the end, immediately as you enter the floor, you can see the new titles display shelf which showcases our most interesting and eye-catching acquisitions.
(9) Catch Subject Librarians Live on Level 5, Weekdays 11-5
This means from Monday to Friday you can drop in and chat to a subject specialist about all of your Library and research needs. No appointments necessary (although you can make them too, if you prefer).
(10) There’s a PC Lab on Level 6
Tucked away in the far corner of the room, the Level 6 PC Lab benefits from a quiet location, comfortable amount of desk space and south-facing windows which fill the room with wonderful natural light- plus transformative blinds, for those that prefer a little shade.
(Share your own #CityLibraryHacks by posting a comment below or via Social Media)
On Saturday 18 March our colleagues in Property and Facilities will carry out fire alarm sounder tests at Northampton Square. The testing will be audible throughout the Library, with intermittent alarms sounding for up to 20 minutes at any time 8-10 am and then again 2-6 pm.
Whilst every effort will be made to keep the disruption to a minimum, with no risk to hearing based on the noise level and duration, you may wish to use one of our other Libraries to study in.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this work might cause.