Wellcome Collection development project update: Reading Room closure

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If you’ve visited the Library this week you might have noticed that the books in the Reading Room are being moved upstairs in preparation for the Reading Room and Gallery closure this weekend.

We’re going in to the next phase of the Wellcome Collection Development Project, which means the Reading Room will be closing for a few months, reopening later this year in its new incarnation as half library, half exhibition space, as described in our earlier posts.

The books on the Gallery will be going to closed access for a few weeks, but you can request them via the Library catalogue and staff will retrieve them for you. You’ll be able to request them from Tuesday morning. If you’re using books from the Gallery shelves this week and would like to keep using them next week, then make a note of them and you can request them from Tuesday morning.

We’ve installed new shelving upstairs on Level 3 and the books from the Reading Room are being relocated there over the next few days. Those books, and study spaces, will all be in place when we reopen on Tuesday morning.

If you have any questions about accessing the collections or study spaces please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Once again, thanks so much for your patience and support during the development works!

L0021238 Poynter, Gaskell and Walkins in library reading room, 1962

The Reading Room as it looked in a previous incarnation (1962). Figures from left to right: F.N.L. Poynter, S. H. Walkins (reading room superintendant), E. Gaskell (sub-librarian). Wellcome Images reference no. L0021238.

Phoebe Harkins

Phoebe Harkins is Library Communications Co-ordinator at the Wellcome Library.

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