Illustrations of heads showing surprise and aversion. Holograph manuscript by Louis Charles d'Ourches Bigarures. Credit: Wellcome Library, London
If you’ve visited the Library over the last few weeks, you’ll have noticed that we’ve already made quite a few changes.
The Library is now closed on Mondays until 31 March 2014. As far as possible, the contractors will carry out the noisiest of works on Mondays and we will close on Mondays from 12 August to 31 March 2014. Online resources will be available to Library members as usual.
Hoardings will be going up this weekend and the next phase of works will soon begin. We anticipate that there will be more noise in particular areas of the Library. Staff should be able to let you know if there are quieter areas to work in should you need to move to another area within the Library.
Relocation of the Rare Materials Room
The Rare Materials Room is now temporarily located on the 5th floor. If you’d like to use the Rare Materials Room you will need to make an advance booking. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and staff will assign you a space.
We have moved some of the collections around. Journals are split into two areas on the second floor, and Quick Reference and Student Loan have moved a few bays along. We’ve signposted the relevant areas for you.
If you’ve been using the Medical Collection you may have noticed that we have opened up the new shelving area on the 3rd floor. At the moment, the Medical Collection is split over the North and South sides of the 3rd floor, but you should be able to find what you are looking for quite easily. As ever, just ask staff if you need any assistance in locating materials.
New study spaces
There are new study spaces on the 3rd floor in the room just off the Gallery.
Due to space restrictions, we don’t have a scanner in the Rare Materials Room on the 5th floor. Readers can use digital cameras throughout the open access areas of the Library. If you’re working in the Rare Materials Room just have a word with the staff before using your camera to make sure the materials can be photographed: some items have confidentiality and conservation conditions attached.
We’ve put a scanner on the 3rd floor in the newly released area next to the Gallery to save you carrying books down to the 2nd floor scanners.
We’ve replaced the Library PCs this week, and so far everything seems to be going very well with them.
We’re putting together some Spotify playlists to give something to listen to during the works in case things start to get noisy. We launched our first list relating to books and libraries last week, and our next list will be based on medicine and healing. For more details see the piece in last week’s Guardian,
If you have any suggestions then feel free to send them via twitter or via email. You can even add suggestions at the bottom of the Guardian article.
Up-to-date information about the Library works and any changes to services can be found on the Library website. We advise that you check online before making a visit during the works. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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