Frenchay Library summer refurbishments

We've listened to your feedback, and are pleased to announce a range of improvements to Frenchay Library.

Access to study spaces and IT facilities during the refurbishments

  • Level 2 is currently closed to staff and students. Access the main library from the Glendinning lecture theatre (2D67) foyer - where you can use the stairs or lift. The Library Help Desk is currently located on Level 3 at the IT Support Centre.
  • Level 3 is open.
  • Level 4 is open. 
  • Level 5 is open.
  • Printers are available on Levels 3 and 4.
  • Book returns:
    • Daytime (08:30-17:00): Help Desk at Level 3 IT Support Centre
    • Out of hours: There is a book-return bin in the Level 2 foyer outside 2D67 (Glendinning) lecture theatre, by the temporary entrance to the Library.

Due to the noise of the works, we can't guarantee any silent or quiet study spaces in Frenchay Library at the moment.

Alternative study spaces will be available both in the Library and across campus, and our Librarians will be here to help you during the works.

Access to physical collections

All of the stock is now back on the shelves. Thank you for your patience during the refurbishments.

Upgrades and changes

Floor  Upgrades and changes  
Level 2
  • We are creating a new entrance to the library from the Glendinning foyer, 2D67 - (opening times to be confirmed).
  • We will be removing the swipe-card controlled entrance.
  • We will be adding an improved Print Hub with quick-print PCs.
  • We are adding study spaces to this floor, with a range of different seating.
  • We are creating a training area for short 'how to' workshops.
  • We are removing the Assistive Technology area. Find out more about our provision for disabled students.
  • We are updating our help desk area.
  • We will be increasing the number of devices available for you to use to quickly book a PC.
Level 3
  • We have added a water fountain.
  • Relocated the Education Resources Collection (ERC) from Level 4, to Level 3 near Staircase B.
  • Improved study spaces and IT provision near Staircase B, including increasing the overall number of study spaces.
Level 4
  • We are creating a new zone in 4D23 where you will be able to microwave your own food, access hot water, and purchase hot drinks and snacks from vending machines. This will be our designated eating area for hot food within the library. We will be adding seating into the area to enable you to relax and take a break. Thanks to your feedback on social media, we will be naming this 'Library Lounge'.
  • We are opening up an entrance from E block into 4D23 that will be open during the daytime (opening times to be confirmed).
  • The Education Resources Collection has moving from Level 4 to Level 3.
  • In place of the ERC, we have added additional study spaces.
Level 5
  • We have added a water fountain.
  • We have significantly updated and improved study space and IT provision near Staircase 7, including new silent study pods with individual desk lamps.
  • We have replaced a section of carpet.

Provision for disabled students

UWE Bristol Library is committed to providing inclusive and accessible study spaces and resources. As part of our redevelopment work last year and this summer, we are ensuring that all areas have accessible desks installed and access to specialist software on the UWE Bristol IT network. By creating two new entrances to the Library, we are increasing the access to accessible toilets.

As part of the planning process, we consulted widely with all students, including disabled students, to understand requirements for specialist study areas. During our consultation, disabled students told us that they sometimes find it easier to work in a smaller, quiet room with less people around them. Here are some alternative spaces within the Library that can meet this need.

Room Use  
3D31 Assistive Technology room - bookable via myPC  
Group study rooms Level 4 has 8 bookable group study rooms suitable for a range of group sizes.  
5D7 This is a small room accessed via the main study floor with 12 study spaces with PCs. This is suitable for silent study only.  
5D19 This is a silent study room for bringing your own laptop or borrowing a library laptop.

Anyone with any specific access requirements is always welcome to contact us for support.

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