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King’s Manor Library will be closed in December - here’s everything you need to know

Posted on 23 November 2021

We updated you recently with our plans for the final stages of the redevelopment of King’s Manor Library. We’re now able to share more about how the work will proceed in the next couple of months.

What is happening at King’s Manor Library?

We are working on a redevelopment project which will provide a range of new furniture and an improved study experience at King’s Manor. You can view the new design to see the full detail of our plans. In order to complete the final stages of the redevelopment we will need to close King’s Manor Library for a short time, but you will retain access to the book collections and alternative study space will be provided elsewhere on the King’s Manor campus.

When will King’s Manor Library close for the work?

King’s Manor Library will close at 5pm on Friday 3 December and will not reopen until January 2022. During this time we will be carrying out a range of works to replace and upgrade electrical sockets and to install new furniture and shelving. We are currently aiming to reopen at 9am on Tuesday 11 January and will update you as soon as possible about any changes to this schedule.

Will resources from King’s Manor Library be available throughout the work?

Yes! We intend to run a daily retrieval service (Monday to Friday) for you to have books from King’s Manor Library delivered to the University Library on Campus West for consultation or borrowing. Depending on the work happening at the time of your request it might take us a little longer than expected to collect your request, so we suggest that you order items in good time or visit King’s Manor Library before the start of the closure period to borrow what you need.

The last retrieval date for book delivery to the main campus before Christmas will be Thursday 23 December.

Can I return my loans at King's Manor?

Yes, the book drop outside King’s Manor Library will remain open during the redevelopment. You can find it to the right of the first floor entrance to the Library. We will empty the book drop once a day when we visit the Library to collect books for the retrieval service. You might therefore see a short delay before the returns are removed from your Library Account but don’t worry: we’re not charging fines at the moment so you won’t be charged for late returns.

The last date we will check the book drop before Christmas will be Thursday 23 December. Be aware also that the book drop will be unavailable when the King’s Manor campus is closed (after Friday 24 December until Tuesday 4 January). You are also welcome to return your books using the return points at the main Library on Campus West.

Will alternative study space be available at King’s Manor?

Yes! K/G33 has been booked as an alternative study space from Monday 6 December until Friday 24 December, then again from Tuesday 4 January until Friday 7 January. In all cases the room will be available Monday to Friday only from 9am to 5pm, excluding the Bank Holiday on Monday 3 January.

We are not able to confirm yet if study space will be available at King’s Manor on Monday 10 January, as room bookings for the Spring term are not yet open.

Will the Library study space need to be booked in advance when you reopen?

Not initially. We would like to use the reopening in January as an opportunity to trial no study bookings at King’s Manor Library. All study spaces across both floors will therefore not need to be booked in advance, with the exception of the accessible study desk on the ground floor; you will need to book that ahead of time. We will monitor how this works after the first few weeks of the reopening and might decide to reintroduce some bookable seats based on student feedback.

What if I have another question?

If you have any questions or comments about the redevelopment please contact us to discuss.