Central Library Building Project FAQs

Why aren’t you closing the Library while the work is going on?

The library is a key resource for students and staff.  We recognise that people will want continued access to resources and study space during the duration of the building work. There will be some disruption but closing the library would be a much greater inconvenience to people.

Ear plugs are available at the Information Hub.

Are there any other places I can study while soem of the levels are closed?

Library users may use these alternative study spaces:

In the Library

You may use these rooms when they are not booked for training sessions:

  • Training room 1, level 1
  • Training room 2, level 1
  • Room 204, level 2
  • Seminar room 210, level 2

In College

Common rooms, PC rooms, tutor rooms, cafeterias when not in use for lunch e.g. Junior Common Room and Queen's Tower Rooms

Other Libraries

Imperial Campus Libraries

Dana Research Centre and Library

Local organisations with reciprocal arrangements with Imperial (note that these will require you to complete a membership registration process)

Working from home

We have over 170,000 e-books and journals available on your computer from wherever you are? Find them using Library Search and connect with your College username and password.

How long will the work be going on for?

The main building work will take place in the summer vacation 2017 with a view to delivering material improvements to climate control to levels 4 and 5 at the beginning of December 2017.

Work on levels 2 and 3 is scheduled to take place in the summer of 2018 and to be completed by the next academic year.

Where have the books gone?

During the main refurbishment work books were relocated from levels 4 and 5 to levels 2 and 3.

In December and January the books will be relocated and areas may be unavailable at times. Library staff will provide updates through news items, Twitter and facebook.

Where are the CDs?

The CDs have been moved to closed storage at Hammersmith for the duration of the project. They are currently unavailable.

Will the CDs come back?

The CDs have only moved to closed storage for the duration of the project.

Where are the music scores?

The music scores are in the Central Library Store. To borrow one, please sign in to Library Search and place a request.

Where are the fiction books?

Most of the fiction books are in the Central Library Store. To borrow one, please sign in to Library Search and place a request.

There is a small display of popular fiction and recreational reading outside the Librarians' Office Room 110 on level 1.

How do I request an item from the store?

To request books and music scores from the Store, sign in to Library Search and place a request.

To request journals and theses complete a Store Service request form.

How many Store Service collections will there be each day?

Store collection times are:

Monday - Friday
Requests are collected at 11.00 and 16.00 and will usually be available by either 12.00 or 17.00 respectively. Requests made after 16.00 on Friday will be collected at 11.00 on Monday and will usually be available by 12.00.

Saturday - Sunday
There is no Store fetching service at the weekend. Requests made will be collected at 11.00 on Monday and will usually be available by 12.00.

Will any physical items that have been moved be replaced electronically?

We have no plans to replace any of the 750-999 books or ESE series electronically as the move is a temporary measure.

Journals may be replaced electronically in the future if funds allow.