Libraries over the summer 2024

We’d like to give you an update on what is going on in the libraries over the summer. All campus libraries will be weeding unused stock. These items will be boxed up and collected by Better World Books a company which diverts books from landfills by collecting material from libraries, bookstores, and other sources with surplus materials. All libraries will also receive an extra lapsafe tower providing 12 more laptops for each one.

Individually each campus will have its own tasks to hopefully complete throughout the summer:

The Libraries:

Craiglockhart: Teaching of languages has now finished so along with the general stock weeding the language books and kits will be withdrawn. This will free up shelf space and the intention is to remove the shelving and provide extra study or social space. One of the group study rooms will become family-friendly with children’s furniture, books and toys to provide a safe space for parents without childcare to study. A third large study booth has been added following the popularity of the two which were added earlier in the year.

Sighthill: Teaching of veterinary nursing has now finished and this stock will be withdrawn along with the general book stock withdrawals. After withdrawals are completed, excess shelving will be removed and space utilised differently.

Merchiston: Along with general book withdrawals journals will also be weeded. Music scores will be re-boxed. Wellbeing space will be re-designed. O’Reilly ebooks (mainly old computing books) are being withdrawn. Retention notes are being added to the records of all last copy in Scotland of print items.

We are of course open throughout the summer.  If you need to borrow books or laptops or would like to come in to use the group study rooms. Or even use the relaxation spaces or need to print, pop in during summer opening hours. Staff will be around to help when the helpdesks are open. If you’re not planning to use the services over the summer we hope you have a great break. And we will see you again in September.

Remember if you are graduating bring back library items

By Vivienne Hamiliton