£4m Library Building Redevelopment for Students and Staff – Phase One Now Complete

As we’ve now completed phase one of the £4m redevelopment of the Library building, we thought we’d take a look at what has been achieved and what is still to come.  We think that levels 1 and 2 not only look amazing, but also have the mix of learning and social spaces required of a modern University Library.

Library Cafe, Level 1

Our students are enjoying the results of the first phase of a £4 million state-of-the-art upgrade to the University’s Bernard King Library. The redevelopment will give our students among the best study facilities in the UK. The aim was to create a learning centre fully kitted out to utilise state-of-the-art, collaboration and learning facilities. Prior to the redevelopment, many of the fixtures and fittings were dated. There were also issues related to the control of temperature, light and ventilation, which often featured in student feedback. There has also been an increase in demand for spaces where collaborative and peer-to-peer learning can take place, involving greater levels of conversation and social interaction – an essential part of modern learning and this has been reflected in the new layout of the library.

Collaborative learning spaces & study pods, Level 2

We are committed to providing a technology-rich learning and research environment for our students and staff. The first phase of the refurbishment took place over the summer of 2017, and re-opened for the return of students in September 2017.

The project is a major investment in the education and welfare of students and staff, providing the very latest in interactive technology and support services.

All four levels of the library, which is also open to the general public, will be completely refurbished, along with the plant room on level 5, in time for September 2018. The first phased focused on the redevelopment of levels 1 and 2. The upgrade includes a new café and extensive facilities aimed at the comfort and convenience of students and the staff who work in the building.

A mix of learning spaces, Level 2

More than £200,000 has been spent on new furniture for the library, while the interior design scheme is contemporary and incorporates the colours in our branding to create distinctive areas.  A new feature on Level 2 of the Library is a ‘creative design suite’ – a multi-purpose room somewhere between a ‘maker space’ and a ‘Google war room’.

Laptop lockers and charging stations have been included in the concept, while the introduction of acoustic partitions and acoustically absorptive materials have been used strategically throughout the library to cut down on intrusive sound levels.

Laptop Lockers, Level 2

Students and staff were consulted throughout the process via surveys, comment cards and focus groups.

The University worked with a range of expert advisors and contractors: ADP, Pick Everard and Kier Construction.

We love hearing your comments and suggestions.  Please send any feedback on the Library redevelopment or services to library@abertay.ac.uk or leave us a message on the graffiti walls.

We’re very excited for the planned changes to Levels 3 and 4 in 2018!


Update on temperature control issue in the Library Building

As many of you may be aware, control of the temperature in the Library has been problematic in recent weeks, and this has become acute during this week’s cold snap.

We have been working hard with the contractors to rectify the underlying cause, and in the meantime additional temporary heaters have been installed throughout the building.

The contractors have reported that they expect to have the problems resolved by this afternoon (Friday, 10th November), with adjustments being made to the controls over the weekend as necessary.

Thank you for your patience and apologies for any discomfort caused.

If you have any comments regarding the Library Building, please contact us or leave feedback on the Graffiti Walls.


Library Building Refurbishment and Borrowing During the Summer


You’ve probably already seen some correspondence about the Library refurbishment but we thought we’d send out an update for you.

Photo credit: Lisa Clark

Library Services are super excited about the refurbishment plans: we’re long overdue a bit of a face lift!  We’re currently surrounded by crates and boxes as we’re packing up the Library ready for the summer move.  Phase one of the refurbishment begins next Monday, 8th May 2017 so the Library building will be closed to all staff and students from 10pm this Friday, 5th May 2017 until the start of the new Academic year.

Where are we moving to?

Library Services will be moving over to room 3006 on Level 3 of the Kydd Building for the duration of the summer.  We are moving next Wednesday so should be all settled by the end of the week – our door will be open so do feel free to pop in past to say hello.

Library and IT Drop-ins

We will be running a weekly Library and IT drop-in session during the summer so you can still get specialist one-to-one help from an Academic Librarian or Digital Skills Officer.

The drop-in sessions will take place every Wednesday between 12-1pm in Room 3010 (Level 3, Kydd Building) from the 17th May 2017.  We’ll send out regular reminders via social media so do keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.  You can also email us for help.

Accessing Resources During the Summer

All of our online resources are available 24/7 from anywhere!  Yes, even if you’re sunning yourself in an exotic location you can still read that journal article or eBook 🙂

LibrarySearch – our Academic search tool searches across most of our online journal and ebook collections, databases and OA repositories from one simple search box.

A-Z Online Resources – a list of authenticated links to our subscription collections and databases.  Use this page if you want to go direct to a resource and start searching.

Borrowing Lending Material 

Even though the Library will be closed for refurbishment you can still borrow books from us.  To make this process as easy as possible, from Monday 1st May ALL loans (normal, weekly, overnight etc.) will issue out for the entire summer and be due back on Monday 4th September 2017.  NB: items are subject to being requested by another borrower – please check your Abertay email for any library notices telling you that your due date has been amended.

This book retrieval service will be operated by SEZ from their summer location: Student Centre – Level 1 Reception Desk:

  • Students/staff should check LibrarySearch for availability of item(s) required and take a note of: author, title, edition, collection and class number.
  • This information should be communicated to SEZ either in person (Student Centre – Level 1) or by email/instant messaging.
  • As long as access to the library building is permitted, books will be collected twice daily Monday-Friday (morning and afternoon).
  • Items requested in the morning will be available for collection in the afternoon of the same day after 2pm. Items requested in the afternoon will be available for collection the following day from 10am.
  • Any items requested that are currently out on loan will be handled in the normal way.

Anyway, we’d better get back to the packing…  More updates on the refurbishment soon!

All of the crates! We’re busy packing up the Library

Students: Win a £50 Amazon voucher!

We need you to complete a short questionnaire on our current University Library facilities for the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

The University is planning to upgrade and redevelop the Library building and transform it into a true 21st century learning environment. Student feedback is vital in the planning of this space – it’s your library, so we would like you to tell us what you want!

Click on the link below to complete the short questionnaire and in turn you will be entered in to a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher – remember to fill in your student number to be entered in to the draw.

Library Feedback Questionnaire

Copies of the questionnaire are also available at the SEZ desk in the Library.

The closing date for completion of the questionnaire is 21st October. The winner will be announced shortly after.

If you have any queries, please contact businessservices@abertay.ac.uk.


Literature Collection now on Level 2 of the Library!

We’re busy making room on Level 3 for all the new books the Librarians have been buying for you so have moved our Literature collection down to Level 2.  You’ll find the Literature collection on the same shelves as our Audio Visual collection which is right beside Student Services.

We’ve got just over 700 titles covering the classics and some more modern literature and they can be identified by ‘LIT’ on their spine labels.

So, if you fancy catching up on some reading for pleasure/leisure before the serious studying starts, get yourself along to Level 2 of the Library.  And let us know which are your faves!



The Literature Collection in its new home on Level 2 right next to Student Services


Some vintage Shakespeare – love the colours!

If you have any questions, comments or feedback contact us on library@abertay.ac.uk

Extended Library Building Opening Hours Monday 25th April – Friday 6th May 2016 (Weeks 34-35)


Calling all night owls…

Starting tonight, the Library Building will have extended opening hours during the exam period.

From Monday 25th April – Friday 6th May 2016 (Weeks 34-35) the building opening hours will be:

Mon-Thurs 08:00-02:00

Friday 08:00-22:00

Sat-Sun 10:00-22:00

For full opening hours including Level 1 only and SEZ desk manned hours, please see here

Remember; when studying for exams it is important to take regular breaks away from the PC/books.  The time-out area on level 1 is open and has vending machines with drinks and snacks. Happy studying 🙂


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Library Building Summer Opening Hours

Summer is here!

The Library building is now open at the following times: Monday-Thursday 09:00-20:00, Friday 09:00-17:00 and Saturday-Sunday CLOSED.

SEZ will be open until 17:00 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday and until 20:00 on Thursday only.

You can view our full opening hours at any time here

Happy holidays