Library refurbishment

Library Refurbishment dates: 30th May to end August

Expect some noise and disruption during this period.

The group study area and library offices will not be available during this period and there will be no access via the Horizon Centre. Some of the library's services will be limited

Please use the library's main entrance for access to the available study space/computers/books. Out-of-hours access will be maintained for most of the refurbishment.

A huge thank you to everyone who gave us feedback about what you wanted in the library redevelopment. We based our specifications on this feedback. We think you'll be very happy with the final designs.

This refurbishment is being funded by University of Plymouth who are substantially investing in Horizon Centre facilities for their students on placement, the library's own funds, and the Education Directorate.

What's new

Bookable individual study rooms - three small study rooms, each complete with a desk, PC, wall mounted screen and webcam. These will be suitable for quiet study and elearning (particularly if you need to participate in group discussions). Two of the rooms are large enough to be shared by two people.

More study desks - there will be 14 new study desks in the quiet study area, some of which will have computers on them. All study desks will have a power supply and USB chargers. They will look something like this:

Study desks

Individual study pods - for those of you easily distracted, these four study pods should be ideal to help filter out audio and visual distractions:

Study pods

Group work station - seating up to eight people around a teardrop table with a display screen, this will be ideal for small group working and will look similar to this:

Group work station

Group study - 12 modular study desks that can be moved around to create smaller or larger group study desks:

Group study desks

Wellbeing area - getting its own designated wellbeing area, the craft/hobby books, self help, mood boosting novels and non-fiction, DVDs, video-games and jigsaws will all be clustered together in one area, complete with two comfortable airchairs and coffee table. It will look similar to this:

Wellbeing area


Other requests from feedback:

Air-con and better heating - we have submitted a business case for having a heating and cooling system installed

24/7 access via Horizon Centre to library - the main Horizon Centre doors are now on swipe access, which will give everyone 24/7 access to the Horizon Centre building and library

Keep the library quiet - we will continue to separate group study from quiet study

De-stressing views - we are keeping the big windows with views onto the surrounding green areas, plus we plan to add large photos of local landscapes taken by trust staff (look out for the competition later this summer)

Keep the calm atmosphere - we'll keep wall colours calming, we're reducing the height of the library shelves and keeping spaces between desks. The new study pods should be ideal for this too

More computers - we're making more computers available, and will try to obtain funding to purchase a laptop self-service unit of eight laptops where users can check out a laptop 24/7

Study desks without computers - we'll make sure a number of the quiet study desks don't have PCs

Online learning - the bookable study rooms will be perfect for online learning

Whiteboard - we'll put up a whiteboard next to the group study station

Kitchenette area - this is not possible within the library, but the cafe area is getting a revamp and may provide facilities

Board games - look out for a monthly board gaming club we'll be setting up after the refurbishment, the games will be available to borrow afterwards