Here at Curzon Library we’ve spent the summer looking at ways we can improve the student experience.
The biggest single improvement we’ve made to the library itself is to install a brand new printing system. Extensively trialled, the HP Multi Functional Devices that can be found throughout the library are quicker, easier to use and even better at processing a high volume of jobs than the system they replaced.
We’ve also made changes to the layout of the library. Cash loaders, for adding credit to printing accounts, are now available next to the printers on the ground floor and near the atrium on the first. In addition, we’ve responded to feedback from students and replaced the café area on the ground floor with yet more study spaces suitable for both individual and group learning. And don’t forget, all of this is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Lastly, we’ve been working hard on improving the user-friendliness of the library website. It is now possible to search the Summon database of electronic resources (ebooks, journal articles etc) at the same time as looking for books that we hold in the library: simply choose the ‘everything’ tab on the library’s homepage. This is just one of the improvements we’ve made to the website – to find out more, please ask at the Helpdesk, or take yourself on a virtual tour!
The changes we have made to the library complement perfectly the first class facilities of the recently opened Curzon B. These include study spaces designed to fit the individual learning needs of all of our students, an increased number of PCs and printers and areas for relaxation as well as study. Not forgetting a well-earned coffee and slice of cake at Starbucks of course!
The result is a City Centre campus that has one of the best student-Study Space ratios of any university in Birmingham and enhances BCU’s reputation as one of the most student-friendly institutions in the UK. Why not come and give it a try?
Over the summer we’re going to be making some changes to Curzon Library.
During June we will be working in the central area of level 1 (near the entrance/exit), removing the seating areas, PCs, and printers to make way for new shelving and study space.
The printers, top-up machines and library catalogues will move to new locations on level 1. The self-service machines will remain near the entrance/exit gates.
New shelving will be installed upstairs, providing us with some much needed room for expansion of the library stock.
By the end of July we will have installed the seating/tables on level 1, and we will be getting ready to reinstall the PCs downstairs on level 0.
We expect there will be some noise disruption whilst furniture is dismantled and rebuilt, and some of the equipment (self-service, printers etc.) will be out of use for a short period whilst it is being moved. We have duplicate equipment on the ground floor, and staff will be on hand to help you find what you need.
From Monday 8th January we have a new room bookings system in place for Curzon Library, which includes the individual/group study rooms within the library, as well as the new study rooms within the Open Learning Zone in Curzon B (available as soon as the area is fully open).
The new form is easy to use – just select up to two hours and confirm your booking within 1 hour by clicking the link sent to your university email.
The new link is available here – please update your old bookmarks!
General rules for study rooms
Please don’t exceed the maximum number of people stated on the door to each room! Sometimes we find 4 or 5 people squished into a 2-person room – asides from being really uncomfortable for you, it’s a health and safety issue. Group rooms are available, plus there’s loads of space in Curzon B for group study.
Remember that most of our study rooms are within the yellow quiet zones. They aren’t soundproof, so if you’re chatting loudly or playing music, you’re potentially disturbing those around you who are trying to study.
No food or drinks allowed! It’s a small space, often with computer equipment present. Spillages, litter and smelly food make it unpleasant for those using the room after you, so we ask that you eat/drink in the designated cafe areas within the building. Plus, it’s good to have a break from studying.
Please don’t leave belongings in the rooms when you’re not in there – we wouldn’t want them to go missing, and it’s not fair to other students who are prevented from using the space because of it. If we find unattended bags/laptops/coats in rooms then we will ask security officers to remove them.
A hot topic at the moment (particularly at the City Centre Campus) is the issue of study space.
Where can I find study space at the City Centre Campus?
We know Curzon Library is usually very busy during the daytime – we’re open 24/7 so you can stagger your study times where possible, or explore some of the other study spaces on campus. Did you know you can study in the social areas around our buildings, as well as classrooms that aren’t being used? Millennium Point and Parkside building are open until midnight during term-time.
Can I study at another campus?
Yes! You are welcome to use any of our campuses. There are 6 libraries and a number of social areas in other buildings. Just remember to take your University ID card and double-check the opening hours.