Over the past couple of months Kedleston Road Library has been undergoing some refurbishment – particularly on the Upper Ground Floor as you enter the library.
Along with a new counter; a ’Vault’ for reservations, dissertations, and restricted (short-term) loan items; flooring; and paintwork there has been some rearrangement of where things are, or how they’re laid out.
We’ve also colour coded the Upper Ground Floor – using a traffic light system – to give users a better idea of where they are free to talk and where they should engage in silent, individual study. The red area is for silent study; the yellow area is for quiet study; and the green area is where people may talk freely, although still being mindful of other library users.
So what’s changed?
The entrance and the library counter
Entrance to KR Library
When you come in to the library you’ll notice the new entry area and counter. We felt that it was better for users to have the counter closer to the entry gates, and that it made more sense for the exit to be round the other side so that there was a nice flow of people in and out. This area is still being completed, so there are a few additions to come, and we hope that you will bear with us while these take place.
On the new counter you will find staff ready to help you whether you have a subject query, an IT problem, or a question about your library record. If you’re not sure where to go for help, please ask the person at the security section of the counter - this is the area just before you come through the entry gates - and they will be more than happy to guide you to the correct area on the counter.
The current journals display
Current Journals Display
You may have noticed the snazzy new carpeting under the current journals display (on the right-hand side of the Upper Ground Floor), but we’ve also reorganised the way the journals are displayed so that they are now grouped alphabetically according to subject. So business and computing journals are near the start of the section, education towards the middle, and science near the end.
Remember! The current law journals are still downstairs with the law collection.
The new books display is at the very end of the row of current journals and while you can’t borrow any of the new titles during the week that they are on display, you can use them in the library and /or place a reservation on them so that you can borrow them once they’ve been taken off the new books shelves.
The Vault: for reservations, dissertations, and short-term loans
Opposite the library counter is the newly constructed Vault. This is where you can collect your reservations, or borrow restricted loan/ reference items, and issue them to yourselves using the self-service machine that we’ve put inside the Vault area.
If you want to check your reservations to see if any are waiting in the Vault for you, or you want to see if the restricted loan you’ve been told to read is on the shelf, there are catalogues on the raised counter on the outside of the Vault that you can use.
Remember! We will send you an e-mail to let you know that your reservations have arrived and are waiting in the Vault for you.
If you want to borrow something that isn’t a reservation or restricted loan item, you can issue it to yourself using one of the self-service machines that have been placed on the outside of the Vault. These have been put directly opposite the counter, so if you run into any problems you can easily ask for assistance.