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UCL East Count Down – Opening Soon!

Kate Cheney31 October 2022

After a short pause the clock is ticking again and One Pool Street will be open and operational from Monday 14 November.

This includes the library space and services managed by Igho Wekpe. At the point of opening we will launch UCL East as a Click & Collect pick-up and return location to support our students living and studying at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Library’s LibAnswers queue is already live and active, and the site web page has been updated with opening hours information now visible.

Next week, 7-11 November, will see lots of activity behind the scenes as LCCOS colleagues set up the library, participate in essential H&S inductions and familiarise themselves with their new work and teaching spaces, while students will be moving into the accommodation towers.

Until the Marshgate building opens in 2023, facilities at the new campus will be based at One Pool Street, the location marked with a dot nearest to the London Aquatics Centre on the map showing the UCL East campus and UCL at Here East nearby.

Accommodation for staff includes an 18-desk agile space available on a first-come first-served basis, equipped with 34” screens, docking ports for laptops, keyboards and mice. There is also a café on site and additional support provided at the campus includes a dedicated wellbeing lead. Staff visiting the campus for work purposes can make a claim for expenses incurred on top of their normal costs of travel to work by following the UCL expenses policy.


Main Library first floor lobby entrance painting works

Phil Watson21 September 2022

Please be advised that from 09:00 this morning, the 21st September 2022, the first floor lobby area, Main Library entrance, there will be the completion to the painting works taking place.

The painting will only take place on the side of the exhibition case, meaning the works will not impact on the entrance, the lift, or restrict access in any way, and opening hours will remain as per usual.

The works will take 2-3 hours to complete and will be non-intrusive.

We apologise for the short notice to these essential works, if you do experience any issues in relation to this project, please do not hesitate in contacting a member of the F&P team and we will be more than happy to assist you.

UCL East Count Down – Library Support & Induction

Craig A Martin5 September 2022

As we are approaching the final couple of weeks before we open the doors and meet new students, this is my opportunity to explain a little about the work which has been done in preparation relating to library support and induction at UCL East.

Over the past few months, we have been busy preparing resources to support students, with the exciting new postgraduate programmes that will be launching.  UCL East will initially have a ‘Click and Collect’ Service, for the first year with no physical library until 2023, when the Marshgate building opens, which Igho discussed in his blog post a few weeks ago.  This has led us to think creativity about resource provision for students.

I have been working closely with Course Programme Leads, Acquisitions, e-Resources and TLS to ensure we have as many online materials as possible to support items on reading lists – if these are eBooks, journals, databases, or digitised resources, as well as establishing links with Special Collections about the support they can provide.  Working with TLS, we have run information sessions to support new colleagues at UCL East to curate their reading lists, and to understand some of the features of Reading Lists@UCL.

The Library will be having a presence at the induction fair at UCL East on 30th September to meet and greet new students and advise them about the services available to them, so please do come along and say hello if you’re on campus.  Induction sessions have been planned for the first few weeks as well as the start of integrated library skills support, woven into programmes to support students throughout their studies.  We have spent time, as part of the Induction Working Group to ensure webpages have been updated, to incorporate UCL East to help students feel they are fully part of the UCL community.  With so many of the programmes being uniquely multi-disciplinary, this has involved collaboration with other Subject Liaison Librarians and Site Librarians to draw upon their expertise and specialist knowledge.

Craig Martin
Subject Liaison Librarian, UCL East

Student Centre deep cleaning of carpets

Phil Watson2 September 2022

We have recently been working alongside Sodexo to improve the flooring surfaces around our spaces and we are pleased to inform you that we will now be focusing on the Student Centre.

This coming weekend, Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th September, we will be carrying out a deep clean to all of the carpets in the public spaces within the building, to help us ensure all spaces are meeting the best environment possible for our staff and students, and enhance the student experience, ready for the new academic year commencement on the 26th September 2022.

In order for us to carry these works out, safely and to ensure the space is cleaned thoroughly, we will be closing off floors, one floor at a time, throughout the weekend, as programmed below:

4th, 3rd & 2nd  floors will be cleaned on Saturday 3rd September, between 05:00-15:00

1st, B1 & B2 floors will be cleaned on Sunday 4th September, between 05:00-16:00

If you require any further information please contact the F&P team and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Our team information can be found at the following link Facilities & Project Team


UCL East Count Down – One Pool Street

June Hedges30 August 2022

A post with many pictures this week. Work to finish One Pool Street is frantically underway and we currently have most things crossed that our Library space will be open on time.


One Pool Street will be mainly student accommodation providing a home for 500+ students, but it will also include research labs and studios, a lecture theatre that doubles as a cinema and bike parking for 300+ bikes! Our main focus, though, is the Library space on the first floor of the building. For the first year (2022/23), this will form the hub of our services to staff and students based at UCL East. We’ve already had an update on what services will be available in the UCL East Library space. Last week we also got some new photos of the site: it looks like there is still a lot to do, but the level 1 lecture theatre/cinema is certainly taking shape.

Once we have access to One Pool Street we will be able to start work making sure that the space, which will include 35 study spaces. A further 42 study spaces will be available in the Social Commons on Levels 1 & 2. In addition there will be space for the 3 library staff that will be running the site. Staff working space within One Pool Street will be limited in the first year.

Further updates on the Main Library closures

Phil Watson18 August 2022

Dear Colleagues,

Unfortunately, due to Quad closures by Estates, a change to dates has been necessary in regards to the redecoration of the Main Library stairwell, there is also a further closure required to allow for the hard floors to be cleaned:

We have received confirmation from the UCL Campus Experience & Infrastructure team (CE&I, part of UCL Estates) that contractors will be redecorating the Main Library entrance stairwell. In order to carry out these works safely, and to keep access to the Main Library during the works, a scaffold will be erected with a deck over the stairs. This deck will be sealed with plastic to ensure no debris or paint can fall on users or the stairs. Vacuums will be used while sanding down and making repairs to the walls. The lighting will also be cleaned, repaired and re-fixed.

To erect the scaffolding the Main Library will be closed on Saturday 20th August 2022 all day. The library will reopen as normal on Sunday 21st August at 11am. A second closure on Saturday 27th August 2022 will be required to strike the scaffolding, again the library will remain closed all day.

Even though the scaffold will be removed on the 27th August, redecoration works will continue at lower level for another week, until the 3rd September, however, the library will remain open as usual, whilst these lower level redecoration works are carried out, unless otherwise stated and communicated.

Also, on Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th August, the Main Library will be closed in order for the essential deep cleaning of all hard floors in corridors, landings, stairs, the Flaxman Gallery, reading rooms, toilets and public spaces. This is in partnership with the Estates department and Sodexo, the cleaning contract company, to ensure the floors are in the best of health for the start of the new academic year.

Due to the bank holiday the library will reopen on Tuesday the 30th August at 08:45.

These are essential works to help us strive to maintain the health & safety of all of our students and staff and to ensure our spaces are kept to the highest level possible.

If you have any questions in regards to this project, please contact the F&P team and we will be more than happy to assist you

Our team information can be found at the following link Facilities & Project Team

Facilities & Projects Team Blog: SCIENCE LIBRARY CLOSURE: 23rd July 2022 & 24th July 2022

Collette E M Lawrence22 July 2022

SCIENCE LIBRARY CLOSURE: DMS WATSON BUILDING Main drain descale cleaning Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2022

Our team information can be found at the following link Facilities & Project Team

We have received confirmation the UC Estates and the contractor with regards to essential work taking place.

This weekend will see the annual main drain, descaling and cleaning taking place in the Science Library from 0830hrs, Saturday 23rd July 2022 and Sunday, 24th July 2022 for the whole weekend. The works will be carried out by Kent Drainage Ltd, under instruction from Estates.

This will mean that all the toilets in the building will have to be shut down, so it has been decided to close the Science Library for the duration of the works, and reopen at 0845hrs, Monday, 25th July 2022.

These are essential works and help us strive to maintain the health & safety of all our students and staff.

If you have any questions in regards to this project please contact the F&P team and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Chair replacement project, Main Library

Phil Watson20 July 2022

We are delighted to announce the replacement of 384 old, defunct, tired chairs, for new, modern, comfortable, cantilever chairs in the Main Library, across most areas of the first and second floors, this does not include the Donaldson, Jewish or Dutch reading rooms.

This will enhance the look of the library, while creating a modern environment with maximum comfort, which embraces the student experience.

The chairs will be the same model that we have recently installed in the Dutch reading room and lobby, and in the SSEES Library, which have been very popular, with both students and staff.

The install will take place over two days, on Monday the 25th July, starting on the second floor and then Thursday the 28th July, installing the first floor.

In order for the install to take place, safely, we will be closing the library on both days, and reopening at 14.00, opening hours will be as follows:

Sunday 24th July: 11.00-21.00

Monday 25th July: 14.00-00.00

Wednesday 27th July: 08.45-00.00

Thursday 28th July: 14.00-00.00

If you have any questions in regards to this project please contact the F&P team and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Facilities & Projects Team Blog – Flaxman Gallery Clean 11th July 2022 – 22nd July 2022

Collette E M Lawrence8 July 2022

Flaxman Gallery Clean 11th July 2022 – 22nd July 2022

Our team information can be found at the following link Facilities & Project Team

We have received confirmation from the Head of Collections with regards to work taking place next week.

From Monday 11th July 2022 until Friday 22nd July 2022 there will be conservators cleaning the statue and plasterwork in the Flaxman Gallery. They will  be using a small scaffolding tower to get up to the higher plasterworks, but there will be a clear route maintained across the Flaxman on either side.

The scaffold delivery is booked for Monday 11th July 2022 and will arrive anytime from 8am onwards. The project is scheduled to run for 2 weeks until the 22nd July 2022

If you have any issues or queries regarding this please contact your building manager or the Library Facilities & Projects Team at lib-facilities@ucl.ac.uk

Lighting upgrade

Phil Watson22 June 2022

Facilities & Projects Team Blog – SSEES Library lighting upgrade

Our team information can be found at the following link Facilities & Project Team

On Monday the 27th June, Estates, in collaboration with Sustainability, are continuing the upgrade of the lighting in the SSEES library.

The project involves the installation of LED lights and censors, which will help in being more sustainable within the Library space, in the lower level. The project will take 3 weeks to complete and will involve the closure of the entire lower level for the first week, between Monday 27th June and Sunday the 4th July, with a fetching service in place.

The lower level will reopen on Monday the 5th July, with works continuing in sections, barriered off and all safety measures in place, for the following two weeks.

We will continue to send out communications in the coming weeks with updates and progression of the project.