UCL Cruciform Library returning to the Cruciform Hub
By Kate Cheney, on 9 August 2014
The refurbishment works to create the new Cruciform Hub are now complete and the Cruciform collections and staff will be moving back from Monday 11 August. The key dates are as follows:
- The Cruciform collections, currently located on the Second Floor of the Science Library, will be unavailable after 21.00 on Sunday 10 August
- The library is expected to be closed from 11-25 August
- We hope to re-open at the Cruciform Hub on Tuesday 26 August
The temporary Cruciform service desk in the Science Library will be dismantled and the Management collections will return from the Main Library. Another interim arrangement over the past year, the Medical Student Hub in the Wilkins Building, has now closed and will form part of the Graduate Hub.
There is a set of Frequently Asked Questions for library users during the closure period.
We aim to be open in time for returning medical students on 1 September, and will introduce a 24-hour opening pattern to mirror arrangements at Main and Science from the start of term on 22 September.
What else is new? Like the Bartlett we will be introducing ‘Shelf Ready’ book supply from Dawsons this summer. And like many library refurbishments we have a new entrance and staircase, close to the front of the Cruciform Building. There will be some new phone numbers too:
- Library Desk: 020 7679 6079 (46079) [unchanged]
- Kate Cheney: 020 7679 9676 (09676)
- Julia Garthwaite: 020 7679 9677 (09677)
- Abir Mukherjee: 020 7679 9674 (09674)
- Shekufeh Whittaker: 020 7679 9678 (09678)
What’s in the Cruciform Hub? As well as quiet, and silent, study spaces and the library collections, it includes a teaching cluster and five seminar rooms that will all be available through the UCL Room Bookings service. There are additional workstations in the study areas and a laptop loan system will be introduced later in the year.
There are also six group work areas that students will be able to book themselves, three of which have facilities for informal presentations. These have been named after women who were former students of the Medical School and who have made a significant contribution to their profession.
The medical heritage theme will continue in a graphic ‘timeline’ recording notable dates, events and personalities in the history of the Medical School and its Hospitals, and we have been collaborating with Special Collections and UCL Public and Cultural Engagement in plans to install some eye-catching medically-themed displays in the two exhibition walls.
Visitors of course will be very welcome, we look forward to seeing you in the Hub.
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