Transforming the Library – New Photos Available!


Since the Library closed its doors for the summer when term ended almost a fortnight ago work has continued apace on our reburbishment and our hard-working squad of builders have been making excellent progress.

And just to keep you all in the loop, we’ve recently uploaded a brand new set of images to our ‘Transforming the Library’ photostream on our Flickr account showing exactly how work has been progressing on Level 4. As you can imagine, we’re all very excited by the prospect, and as nice as our temporary quarters in the FM Building are, we can’t wait to go back!

You can find the pictures – including some spectacular roof-top views of the surrounding countryside, such as the photo above – on our Flickr photostream here. Don’t forget you can add comments to these images on Flickr (or indeed to this blog) – we’d love to know what you think of them!

Summer loans and extended allowances


Due to the nature of the building works taking place over the Summer vacation, the Library will be extending the loan periods of all week/long loan items from Friday 31st May to October 23rd (for undergraduates/externals) and October 25th (for staff, researchers and postgraduates). You can renew any existing items on your account from this date as well – if you need any help, please ask at one of the Enquiry Desks.

We will also be doubling the number of books all categories of user (apart from undergraduate finalists) can borrow so that you can avoid having to request items from stock while we are closed.

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P/t PG 22


Dans PG


N.B. Any book can still be recalled with one week’s notice – even during the vacation period. If you are not in Loughborough, you are welcome to post requested items back to the library to avoid a fine.

Library Photo Competition – Last Chance to Enter!


Midnight tomorrow (Friday 17th May) is the deadline to enter this year’s library photography competition and the last chance to win some fabulous prizes and join the immortal ranks of previous winners (including last year’s winning quartet above).

As an added incentive (as if one were necessary!) the winning images will be used as part of the public displays in the refurbished Library when it re-opens in October –  given how popular the Library is, that would be a real feather in the cap for those aiming towards an artistic vocation and a wonderful way to get your snapping talents noticed!

Entries should be sent (post haste!) as an e-mail attachment to Steve Corn, Loughborough University Library, ( He can be contacted on 01509 222338 for any questions relating to the competition. All entries will be judged by the Library’s Marketing and Publications Group and bluu, the building company responsible for the refurbishment. They will consider a range of factors including composition, technical ability, originality and interpretation of the brief.

Full terms and conditions are available on the Library website here:

Capture Our Transformation Imagination and Win an i-Pad!


Our popular annual prize photography competition has been launched again, and the theme of this year’s contest is – surprise surprise! – transforming the Library.

Since 2010 the Library has run photography/image competitions and this year the focus will be offering a fantastic opportunity to University staff and students to produce the images that will be used in the refurbished Library. The general theme will be ‘Transforming the Library’ and is open to individual interpretation. This competition provides a great opportunity for those chosen to have their work displayed to a large number of people in the prestigious state of the art Library refurbishment which will be completed over the summer for grand re-opening in October.

By way of further incentive, first prize is an i-Pad, with the two next best runners-up receiving Amazon vouchers.

Entries should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Steve Corn, Loughborough University Library, ( He can be contacted on 01509 222338 for any questions relating to the competition. All entries will be judged by the Library’s Marketing and Publications Group and bluu, the building company responsible for the refurbishment. They will consider a range of factors including composition, technical ability, originality and interpretation of the brief.

The competition will be open until midnight on the 17th May 2013.

Full terms and conditions are available on the Library website here:

Good luck – and happy snapping!

Transforming the Library Update – Spring Newsletter Now Available


‘Transforming the Library’ has continued apace over the winter months and through the Easter vacation and we’ve got lots of exciting news and developments to share with our users and visitors in the latest issue of our refurbishment newsletter which is now available to view on our web site.

Among the highlights contained in the newsletter are details of bluu, the company who have been awarded the honour of transforming the library, further updates on how to access Library services and alternative study spaces over the summer during the closure of the building, and information about our popular annual photography competition which (surprise surprise!) will be run on the theme of ‘Transforming the Library’ – with an i-Pad as top prize!

You can find the newsletter via this link or via the ‘Transforming the Library’ pages here.

Transforming the Library – A Bluu Preview!

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We’ve just received a fresh batch of artist impressions from our ‘Transforming the Library’ designers Bluu showing how our new look Library is likely to appear after its transformation this summer, and thought we’d share them with you too!

Firstly, above, is an image of how we hope the re-designed main entrance will look.


This image shows the new look Reception Desk on Level 3. This will incorporate the main Customer Services Desk which will be moved from its present position at the head of Open 3 back closer to the main entrance.


This picture shows the new staircase atrium that will connect Level 3 with the new Level 4 and help provide more natural light for Open 3.


This is a view of the new PC Clinic which will be transferred from Haslegrave to Library Open 3.


This is a look at the new Customer Services Desk that will be installed on the new Level 4.


This will be the new reading area on Level 4, incorporating the Leisure Reading Collection which is currently housed on Level 3.


This is a view of the study area we’re aiming for on Level 4, including the new partial glass ceiling. Besides the advantages that this new source of natural lighting will be bring to the level, the panoramic view of the campus and surrounding countryside through the new windows should be pretty spectacular!

As you can imagine, we’re all pretty excited by the look of these, and we hope you will be too!

Alternative Study Spaces Over the Easter Vacation

Lecture theatre KG107 in the Keith Green building

As building work on our ‘Transforming the Library’ project is due to recommence on Friday 22nd March, we’ve taken the precaution of booking some additional study spaces on campus in the event of any noise and disruption caused by the work.

We’ve booked rooms KG107 and KG109 in the Keith Green Building, which is situated between Sir David Davies Building, David Collett Hall and Burleigh Court in the West Park of the campus, about two minutes walk from the Library. These rooms will be available from Friday 22nd March to Friday 12th April, and will be open between 9AM-6PM during weekdays, but they won’t be open at weekends or during the evening.

Please note that these rooms do not contain any IT facilities. In the event that you require a PC elsewhere on campus, the labs in the Haslegrave Building are available as an alternative, except rooms N004 and N005 which will be unavailable for use from Monday 25th March to Thursday 28th March owing to necessary upgrade work. Haslegrave is open 24-7, but you will need a valid University ID card for swipe-access.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Book launch for title edited by Library staff member

Dr Graham Walton (Head of Planning and Resources) in the Library and Professor Graham Matthews (Head of Department of Information Sciences) have collaborated to jointly edit University libraries and space in the digital world. The book includes contributors from across the world and explores how university libraries are developing their physical space in the 21st Century. Professor Morag Bell University Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching) introduced the book launch which took place on the 6th February 2013.Book launch 1

Level 4 – The Adventure Continues!

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Work on ‘Transforming the Library’ continued apace over the Christmas vacation, and our intrepid camera team have just produced their latest epic in our series of short films chronicling the transformation – as it happens!

You can find it on our YouTube channel via this link:


Transforming the Library: Work over the Christmas Vacation


Work has begun on ‘Transforming the Library’ – you may have noticed the scaffolding that has been erected at the far end of the building! – as the contractors prepare to strip Level 4 in readiness for the transformation next year. As such, from next week, visitors are forewarned that this work will involve some noise, so if it’s quiet-er study you’re looking for in the Library, Levels 1 & 2 are your best option!

Failing that, alternate study space and PC’s are also available in the following locations:


  • Haslegrave Building (24-7 access throughout the vacation by swipe card).
  • Stuart Mason Building (managed by swipe card outside working hours. Only Postgrads are allowed in this building).
  • James France and U007.
  • Chemical Engineering (S006).
  • Design School Lab LDS003.

Friday 21st is the last working day on Campus so all the labs except Haslegrave will close in the early Evening and will re-open on the morning of the Thursday 3rd January.

Study Space

G Block: Rooms G004, G006 and G007  are available from 17th – 21st  December & 2nd – 4th January at the following times:

9.00 to 5.30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

9.00 to 8 .00 Wednesday.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.