First the good news - we will continue to be open from 08:30-23:45 each day. The exceptions to this will be over the Easter weekend when our hours will be as follows:
- Thursday 1st April 10.00 - 20.00
- Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 2nd - 5th April CLOSED
- Tuesday 6th April 10.00 - 20.00
Now for some news about disruptions to services.
We are replacing the server that runs the library management system, the system that controls the catalogue and the circulation of material plus many other things besides. The current server is now some six years old and is on borrowed time. The scheduled date for the migration to the new server is Monday 22nd March. We hope that the process will be relatively straightforward but we have been advised by our suppliers to be prepared for the work to take two days. During this time we will be using a back up system to issue items and although we will try to keep the catalogue going it will inevitably start to be less accurate with regard to the loan status of items. Renewals and requests will not be possible, but we will not charge any fines on those days. As the work progresses we will keep readers informed about progress.
There is also going to be some work carried out on the Costa Coffee counter in order to make it safer for staff working there. This will create some noise which will affect the library, although we have been informed that this will be kept to a minimum. The dates we have been given for this work are: Wednesday 31st March, Thursday 1st April and Tuesday 6th–Thursday 9th April from 0700 – 1600. Rooms 151, 152 and 153 have been booked on 1st–6th April for readers who wish to study away from the noise.