New Library Reading Room a hit with students

Posted by rmt22 at Jan 17, 2017 09:25 AM |
Students welcome new informal working space in the David Wilson Library.

Students have been making use of a new Reading Room in the University’s library. The new working space provides much-needed study space able to accommodate an additional 52 students.

Located at the front of the library, before the card barriers, it is intended that the new room will be used for more informal, drop-in study and group collaboration than some of the library’s other study spaces.

Opened in time for the January exam season, the new working space makes use of the area formerly occupied by the University’s Bookshop. The University Bookshop closed its doors for the final time in December 2016 after over 50 years of selling books on campus. In recent times however, The Bookshop had become underused. National statistics gathered by Nielsen suggest that only 25% of books bought by students across the board in 2015/16 were bought at campus bookshops, with more than 70% of students who buy books purchasing them through Amazon.

“I only used The Bookshop for stationery really” says Reading Room user Anmol. “The new Reading Room is really good. I like that you can bring (lidded) drinks in here because that’s what’s really annoying about other parts of the building.”

Although there is no longer a permanent bookshop on campus, pop-up bookshops are being hosted by many departments at the beginning of semesters to continue supplying packs of key texts, one of the most popular features of the bookshop, and books can be ordered from the Student Union’s SHOP! which also sells a wide range of stationery.

Further improvements are planned for the reading room space, we are currently taking on student feedback and will publish further details once a decision has been made.

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