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Special Collections open after summer of refurbishment

30 September 2013

Image of SCOLAR before and after refurbishment.
The Salisbury collection before (left) and after (right) refurbishment.

The University Library's Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR) has re-opened in the Arts and Social Studies Library after a summer of refurbishment.

The refurbishment has extended the provision of mobile shelving to allow improved and integrated access to specialist resources, particularly the History Research Collection, the 19th century journals and newspapers collection, the expanding historical music collections, and the additional humanities rare books collections.

50,000 rare books were moved from the shelves and several thousand metres of mobile shelving were then installed, before the 50,000 volumes were replaced on their new shelves.

Although the refurbishment work limited access to SCOLAR's collections during the summer, over 100 academic staff, postgraduates and external researchers were able to visit SCOLAR to consult its unique resources. Visitors from as far away as the USA and Australia visited SCOLAR over the summer, to view materials including the Cudlipp Journalism Archive, the History of Medicine collection, World War One newspapers, and the Tennyson Collection.

Janet Peters, Director of University Libraries, said: "The refurbishment of SCOLAR means it is now easier for the University's researchers to access our historical and specialist collections. We are grateful for our visitors' understanding whilst the SCOLAR collections were not readily accessible during the refurbishment works, and are pleased to announce that normal service has resumed once more!"

Peter Keelan, Head of SCOLAR, added: "Our future refurbishments will focus on improving facilities for readers, including a new seminar room and refurbished entrance area. We hope that the continuing programme of developments in SCOLAR will equip us to support the University's ongoing research – and work of researchers further afield – into the future."


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