A light and airy new home for all your library resources Flexible learning spaces to meet the needs of all our students 24 hour semester opening to ensure you have access at a time that suits you It has been an amazing opportunity working with the architects, colleagues and the student redevelopment panel over the last few years to design such wonderful spaces. I can’t wait for the opening. Dr Helen Workman, Director of Learning Resources. The Library in the John Henry Brookes Building will be an inspiring place for students to study, with lots of light, airy spaces, new book stacks and reading rooms with fantastic views. In addition to banks of PCs, study spaces will all have power sockets and WiFi will be available throughout, enabling users to be connected to the resources of the e-library as well as to the internet. Over the last two years the library has been testing a number of services that are set to make the library such a special place for learning. These services include: 24 hour opening during semesters Self-service book loans Chromebook hire Online payments Varied learning spaces There will be a range of spaces designed to match your preferred working style: silent areas for reflection and study quiet spaces where you’ll be able to work – maybe with a friend if you want to busier zones for when you need more stimulation group presentation practice rooms a graphics studio with computers and facilities dedicated to design. There will be a main Help Zone which will include a coaching area with AV equipment and a dedicated team of librarians to ensure you will receive a high quality service. There will also be roving librarians to help with queries around the library. Collaborative working in the Platform With group work likely to play a key role in your studies, we have created a space especially for this function. Complementing the quiet and silent spaces in the Library, the Platform will be a more informal area. It will have specially designed furniture for working together around computer screens, informal seating with views across the Forum and vending machines. You’ll also be able to use big screen monitors, with either your own laptop or one of the library’s Chromebooks, to bring your presentation ideas to life. A new home for special collections Oxford Brookes University houses a number of special collections. These collections will be moved into the temperature-controlled basement of the new library, and will be accessible to all our students. To find out how you can access these fantastic resources, visit the library’s special selection webpage. Full details are available on Oxford Brookes Library services webpages.
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