After several months of disruption and dust, the building work in the Science Library has been completed. The work was a much-needed attempt to address longstanding space problems and create a modern library environment.
The old, cramped "Mezzanine" periodicals area has been completely removed, leaving a large new multi-functional space. The new area benefits from the natural lighting provided by the "lightwell" in the centre of building.
Entering the Library through the sliding doors, the first thing users will notice is an enlarged entrance area and the new access gate turnstiles. To the left is a Membership Desk where visitors can register and beyond that an enlarged, refurbished Issue Desk which incorporates a special service point for the Stores Service. Directly ahead is the main door to the new Ground Floor area, the key features of which are:
enquiry desk: this actually incorporates two separate service points:
firstly, a general enquiry desk, staffed by experienced library personnel, and
the place to go to for any subject, database, directional or book-related enquiries
users may have; secondly, a desk serving the photocopying area. It is hoped
that both of these points will be staffed during office hours; certainly there
should always be someone available to ask
photocopying area: consisting of ten copiers (including a colour one) as well as the card vending and recharging machines
computer cluster: by far the biggest in UCL, with over 150 terminals. It includes designated postgraduate-only and teaching areas and boasts five printers
extensive shelving for older journals: core pre-1991 science journals, as selected by UCL departments (titles not found here can be ordered from the Store and are usually available within 24-48 hours)
seating area for study
several eUCLid (library catalogue) terminals
Science Reference book collection: including dictionaries, directories and yearbooks
reshelving area: the best place to look if an item cannot be found on the shelf