Monday, 8 March 2010

Easter vacation 2010

Having seemingly only recently got through the Christmas vacation we are now looking forward to Easter, and with luck an improvement in the weather.

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
Please note that the College is officially closed from 18:00 on Wednesday 31 March 2010 to 09:00 on Wednesday, 7 April 2010. Full details of the official dates are at:

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.


  1. Thanks so much for the blog, but I did want to mention something that bothers some of us students - I know that the library staff work hard and deserve time off, but since so many students work, bank holidays are often some of the only times that we get to spend extended periods of time revising or researching course work. A number of us find it really frustrating that precisely when we have the most time to use the physical resources, the library is closed. Is there anyway that it could be open on at least a self-service basis for the easter break? Law students in particular have an essay deadline on 20 April and only last week broke up from lectures.

  2. Thank you for your comments about the Library closure over the Easter bank holiday period. We are very sympathetic to the needs of those students who want to use the Library over this time. The period from 1st April until 6th April (inclusive) are College closed days. Nevertheless, we open on the Thursday before Easter and the Tuesday afterwards from 10am until 8pm. Any further extension of library opening hours during the ‘closure period’ would need to be agreed by the College as there are costs associated with opening the buildings. The Library would also need to be staffed even if only self-service facilities are available. I regret, therefore, that it is not possible to extend the period of library opening in time for this Easter but we will look at the possibility of increasing the days that we are open over the Easter period for next year. You might to like to note that we are open from 8.30am until 11.45pm every day over the Easter vacation other than during the College closure period.

    Philip Payne


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