Library Café & Shop Vacation Opening Hours

D0658-24The Library Café will also be switching to its vacation time opening hours schedule during the Easter holiday period (21st March – 18th April).

Week days, the Café will open at 9am and close at 4pm.

The café will be closed at weekends. It will also be closed from Good Friday (25th March) until the following Tuesday (29th March) along with the rest of the Library.

The Library Shop will be closed for the entire duration of the Easter vacation.

Library Café Closed on Wednesday 23rd December & Saturday 2nd January

D0658-20Some advance warning to people planning to visit the Library next Wednesday, 23rd December and on Saturday 2nd January, that the Library Café will be CLOSED all day on both days.

Vending machines supplying hot drinks and snacks will still be available, and there are other outlets on campus that will be open on both days. You can find details via this link:

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Take a Step into the Future with the Prediction Machine!

themachineWhen you visit the Library Cafe this month you might be surprised by the presence of a strange machine that promises not coffee, but predictions!

The Prediction Machine is a cross between an end of the pier fortune telling machine, a TV weather forecast and the TARDIS from Doctor Who. The machine uses the meteorological data from Loughborough University’s weather station to print out predictions based on the weather now and what is being predicted for the future.

The Prediction Machine is an interactive installation which has been developed using the input of a series of workshops, creating a dialogue around the changes in weather and climate, and has been created by the artist Rachel Jacobs in collaboration with Matt Little, Ian Jones (Sherwood Wood), Matthew Gates, Robin Shackford, Juliet Robson, Dr Candice Howarth and Dr Carlo Buontempo.

It will be on display in the Library Cafe from today for a fortnight. This will be followed by final public event that will marks changes in the climate that are experienced by the local residents and users of the machine over the duration of the exhibition. More information about this event will be announced later on the LU Arts website.

For more details about the installation, visit the artists’ website here:

Library Cafe and Shop Opening Hours During 24-7


From today until the end of term the Library Cafe and Shop will be open during 24-7 at the following times:

Library Café

Monday – Friday 9.30pm – 11pm (Bank Holiday Monday 26th May will be 12pm – 5pm)

Weekends 12pm – 5pm

Library Shop

Monday – Thursday 9pm – 4pm (Bank Holiday Monday 26th May 10am – 4pm)

Friday 9am – 3pm

Weekends 11am – 3pm

In addition, the vending machines will be filled daily throughout the exam period, but in the event one becomes empty or malfunctions, telephone 228589 or email .

Cafe 641 Closed for Maintenance 18th-21st December


Owing to necessary maintenance work the Library’s Cafe 641 will likely be closed for the remainder of the week. However, during this time the Library shop, Paper 676, will remain open and shall be providing an alternative source for hot beverages and snacks.

We’d also like to remind visitors of our opening hours during the vacation this week:

Monday: 9.00 – 5.30
Tuesday: 9.00 – 5.30
Wednesday: 9.00 – 8.00
Thursday: 9.00 – 5.30
Friday: 9.00 – 5.30

Last entry to the building is ten minutes before closing time.

Thereafter we will be closed from Saturday 22nd December until Wednesday 2nd January.

Sweet or Sour?

If you’re feeling at all peckish this week, why not join in with a pair of food-themed celebrations in honour  of two of the great staples of student diet, chocolate and curry?

Chocolate Week and National Curry Week both aim not only to celebrate their delicious subjects but to highlight the positives both food stuffs bring to our lives through a series of specially themed events happening across the country.

You don’t have to go very far in the Library to satsify either your sweet tooth nor a craving for something more savory – both our Cafe 641 and shop, Paper 676, serve a wide range of chocolatey snacks and treats to keep you going while you study, while the Cafe serves a mean Chicken Tikka filling for its rolls and jacket potatoes.

More into home cooking? Look no further than our cookery section on Level 1. We’ve got some of the latest guides to quick & easy meals by celebrity chefs such as Ainsley Harriott, Nigella Lawson and Gordon Ramsey.  Happy eating!

Chocolate box image by Eszter, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.