Quality learning space provision
Secure investment to provide innovative and inspiring teaching, learning and social spaces. The aim for Library Services is to make its libraries into UCL hubs which accommodate students and staff from all parts of UCL, supported by our staff expertise.
UCL Special Collections
Facilitate access to UCL Special Collections’ rich holdings, with showcases of our physical and digital collections.
Enhance the working environment for Library Services staff to facilitate high-quality service delivery and staff wellbeing.
Ensure the sustainable management of the whole Library estate, with UCL students and other users empowered to participate in the life of our libraries.
Actions & outcomes
- Quality learning space provision
ID Actions Outcomes EST1 High-quality learning hubs open to support new UCL academic activity, e.g. DRI, UCL East, Orthopaedics; and to support re-located activity (EDI, Ear). We will maintain study space provision above the Russell Group average, developing innovative and inspiring learning spaces. EST2 We will develop the IOE Library to become a hub for Social Sciences at UCL, providing a varied learning and research environment suited to the increased footfall since the merger. A project brief/scope will be developed with UCL Estates for a world-leading research and learning space at the IOE. EST3 We will develop our network of biomedical libraries to provide a consistent high-quality environment for students. Creation of a new learning hub at the School of Pharmacy. EST4 We will increase the dedicated provision for PG students to meet expectations of doctoral students and Early Career Researchers, in collaboration with the Doctoral School. New PGT/PGR spaces to be opened, including space specifically dedicated to the needs of UCL’s doctoral student and postdoctoral staff communities. EST5 We will work in partnership with UCL Estates to address long-term maintenance issues (e.g. heating, ventilation, damp) cause poor experience in a number of library sites. Priority maintenance issues for Library Services to be identified in Estates’ Long-Term Maintenance plan, reviewed regularly by Library SMT Estates WG.
- UCL Special Collections
ID Actions Outcomes EST6 UCL Library Estates Development Working Group will establish the re-housing of Special Collections as an institutional priority. Detailed brief documentation is compiled for new facilities to accommodate all UCL Special Collections. EST7 UCL Library Estates Development Working Group will establish the re-housing of Special Collections as an institutional priority. We will provide space for UCL Special Collections to engage with stakeholders within UCL and with external audiences in Object-Based Learning. A classroom available to UCL Special Collections that is suitable for collection use and fits a school class.
- Workplace wellbeing
ID Actions Outcomes EST8 We will enhance workspace provision to meet staff expectations, with consistent environment across Library Services.
A full programme of office moves to optimise the staff spaces at our disposal.
A set of criteria for staff spaces is published on LibNet, benchmarked against infrastructure and innovations in other Russell Group institutions
We will improve efficiency of office allocation, co-locating teams which were separated due to lack of suitable space. Increase meeting space provision.
Programme of refurbishment work is implemented to address poor office environments, working with UCL Estates to fund works. EST10 Where changes are made to the working environment, we will provide staff with a clear understanding of reasons for change, timescales and options available.
Introduce SLA for Building Team; to include a minimum time to inform staff affected by buildings work.
Consultation for changes to working space, including audit of the space required to perform individual roles.
Publication of planned schedule of works for each library site termly.
ID Actions Outcomes EST11 We will coordinate initiatives to improve the environmental sustainability of Library Services sites and operations. Review of all responsibilities and workflows involved in selecting, acquiring, cataloguing, classifying and processing books (print and electronic) and related materials, with a focus on the user experience. EST12 We will review the environmental performance and effectiveness of learning spaces in the New Student Centre (NSC). Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) report on NSC is completed with input from students.
KPA 5: Sustainable Estate
Leader: Ben Meunier
Director of Operations