Imperial College London

Summer 2018 building works at Central Library


Central Library refurbishment 2017

This summer will see the continuation of a major project to install cooling and ventilation systems at the Central Library.

Student feedback over a number of years has highlighted problems with temperature control at the Central Library. In 2017 College began a major project to address these problems and, in November, levels 4 and 5 opened with a new cooling and ventilation system. In addition, the new floors were fully refurbished with new furniture and power to all desks.

Summer 2018 will see the continuation of this project with the installation of climate control on levels 2 and 3. Once again, the floors will be refurbished, new furniture will be provided and power will be supplied to all desks. This summer’s work will also see the addition of three new group study rooms.

Building work is planned to take place from the end of June until early autumn 2018.

Book moves

In preparation for the building works, book moves will take place on levels 3, 4 and 5 during June.

From Wednesday 27 June books remaining on level 3 will be temporarily unavailable while they are moved to level 1 Group Study area. They will be available on level 1 from Monday 9 July.

When the floors have been refurbished there will be a period of time when the books will be unavailable again while they are relocated to levels 2 and 3.   

Temporary changes to study space

Levels 2 and 3 will be closed from Wednesday 27 June until early autumn 2018.

Level 1 Group study area will close temporarily for one week on Friday 29 June, reopening on Monday 9 July with books and reduced study space. Towards the end of October this space will close again to allow for the relocation of books back to the refurbished levels 2 and 3.

Following that, levels 2 and 3 will reopen as silent study spaces with climate control, new furniture, power to all desks and new group study rooms. Levels 4 and 5 will be reallocated as quiet study space.

More information

Throughout the works Library Services will keep disruption to a minimum.

Sconul Vacation Access and access by members of the public will be suspended.

For the latest updates follow the Library’s Twitter and the timeline on the library website.


Janet Corcoran

Janet Corcoran
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