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UCL Library Services Strategy 2011-2014

Key Performance Area: Space Management

UCL Library Services’ physical environment is one of the major areas for improvement in the 2011-2014 period, in the context of the UCL Bloomsbury Masterplan.  Library space must meet the constantly evolving needs of all UCL users, including students, researchers, NHS staff and members of the public. 

UCL Library Services will aim to provide innovative and inspiring teaching, learning and social spaces to support needs for study space and new, flexible spaces.  The aim for Library Services is to make its libraries into UCL centres which accommodate students and staff from all parts of UCL, places which are enabled for new technologies and have suitable space for specialist staff to deliver information skills training. The Library should play a central part in UCL’s identity as a world-leading university and be a source of pride for UCL students and staff.



Realizing the Masterplan
UCL Library Services will continue to shape the Masterplan vision and its implementation to benefit Library users and staff.  It will aim to encourage interdisciplinary work, to offer better and more consistent levels of service to users, and to work towards the creation of a central space for UCL’s world-class Special Collections, which will allow them to be used by UCL members and the wider public.

  • Review the Bloomsbury Masterplan to inform the work of the central library architects.
  • Seek to secure funding to enable new work.
  • Co-ordinate work by library sites to develop coherent centres with enhanced services and support for inter-disciplinary work.
  • Create space for UCL's world-class historical collections and archives,  including exhibition spaces.

Adapting space for changing needs
UCL taught students need a variety of learning spaces, and Library Services will continue to provide and develop new, innovative and inspiring teaching, learning and social spaces to support new and flexible modes of learning. The Library’s 2009 survey of researchers  revealed that access to high quality study space continues to be vital for UCL’s research community, particularly in the humanities and social sciences and at research postgraduate level. The Library will review the use of its reader spaces.  Library Services will work with partners to help support UCL’s growing international campuses and other major projects such as the UKCMRI.

  • Review the balance between individual and collaborative space to ensure that library space is designated appropriately,  including the provision of demarcated areas for quiet and group study.
  • Provide the infrastructure to improve study space.
  • Support and inform UCL's international campus developments and its role in UKCMRI.

Maintaining quality
UCL Library Services’ buildings need further improvements. Progress has been made over the past 10 years but many library sites require essential maintenance.  Student expectations are high and continually increasing and UCL users directly compare the quality of UCL’s space with other top academic libraries in London. Improved staff facilities are required to maximise the effectiveness of services.

  • Engage with UCL Estates to boost availability of funding for maintenance to improve library facilities.
  • Establish a joint Library Services -  Estates Committee.
  • Work with UCL Estates to reduce energy consumption and waste in Library sites
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