Why is the Maughan Library closed between 3 and 19 August?


(Page last updated 10 June 2024)

General Information

Why is the Maughan Library closing?

The Maughan Library will be closed for essential fire detection upgrade work. Additional tasks, including redecoration and improvements in the Round Reading Room, will be completed to prevent further disruptions later in the year. During the works, scaffolding and crane operations will restrict student access.

When will the Maughan Library be closed?

The library will be closed from 01.00 on Saturday, August 3 until 09.00 on Monday, August 19, 2024.

Alternative Arrangements

What alternative study spaces are available during the closure?

As well as all the other King’s libraries, there will be rooms on the Strand Campus available as extra study spaces daily from 08:00 to 22:00. Details of the rooms will be provided closer to the closure dates.

Can I still borrow and return books?

Yes, a Click & Collect borrowing service will be available outside the Maughan Library 09.30-18.30 Mon-Fri, and 10.30-17.30 Sat and Sun. Books and laptops can also be returned during these times.

Will Special Collections be accessible during the closure?

Yes, the Foyle Special Collections Library will be open by appointment only.

Are other libraries available?

Yes, all other libraries, including the Franklin-Wilkins Library at Waterloo which is open 24/7 and only a 10-minute walk from the Strand campus, will be open during the Maughan Library closure. Please see the opening hours webpage for more information.

Accessing Services

How do I use the Click & Collect service?

Details on how to access the Click & Collect service, will be provided closer to the closure dates.

Can Inter-Library Loans still be collected?

Yes, we are hoping to offer this service, more details to be confirmed closer to the closure dates.

Are online resources affected?

No, you can access online resources as normal.

What should I do if I need help or have questions during the closure?

For any queries or assistance, you can contact the library staff online using LibChat or email.

Communication and Updates

How will I be informed about updates and any changes during the closure?

Updates will be shared through this FAQ webpage, social media platforms (X and Instagram), and the King’s App.

When will the library reopen?

The library will reopen at 09.00 on Monday, August 19, 2024. Announcements will be made on the website and social media.

Planning Ahead

What should I do to prepare for the closure?

Plan ahead for your study needs by borrowing necessary books and resources before the closure. Make use of the alternative study spaces and services provided.

  • Last Updated Jun 10, 2024
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  • Answered By Pete Garner

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