Library plan / layout
The majority of stock is held on open access. Facilities include a photocopier, an IT area with scanners and printers and study spaces where laptops can also be used (wireless or cable). Staff are available throughout opening times at the issue/enquiry desk to assist with any research query, to explain the organisation of the library collections and help find any material not found on the shelves.
Bags are not allowed in the Library. Lockers are available just outside the Library, they are £1 coin operated (with the coin returned to the user on re-opening).
Books are arranged on the shelves roughly in geographical sequence and then subject, progressing from general to more specific topics. Books are also divided into different sequences by size and form, e.g. Oversize or Pamphlet. These are all clearly marked on the catalogue.
A number of less used titles, including back runs of ‘dead’ journal titles are held in the basement store. These are marked as store items on the catalogue. There is a staff fetching services for this material, usually delivered within an hour of any request (lunchtime and late nights being an exception).