Central Library

The Central Library Building Project Phase 2 aims to improve cooling and ventilation systems throughout the Central Library

Background to the project

Student feedback has highlighted problems with temperature control in the Central Library. This building work, which will represent a substantial investment in the College’s academic and student experience, seeks to address these issues and improve the working environment.

The main phase of the project commenced in summer 2017.

The timetabling of the works has been undertaken both with a view to minimising disruption to our services during term time, and to give us the best opportunity possible to deliver material improvements to climate control on the upper two library floors of Central Library.

Central Library riser installation

Central Library riser installation

Watch the riser going in.

Nearly 24 tonnes of riser, in three 9m sections, was built off-site, transported to Imperial (requiring overnight road closures) and then lowered into the building.

The video shows the unloading, and then the lift and lower which took place 24 - 26 September 2017. Three days in five minutes.

Project timeline

The information below is indicative and subject to change. We will continue to update this page with more information as it becomes available.

July - November 2017
DatesActivity
 July

Levels 4 and 5 closed, books relocated to level 3

 July to October Installation of cooling and ventilation system on levels 4 and 5
 Towards the end of November Levels 4 and 5 reopen
 Summer 2018 Installation of cooling and ventilation system on levels 2 and 3
Project timeline – January to July 2017