Work taking place to replace lighting in the library (18 March to 12 April)

Over the Easter vacation, work will be continuing to replace our fluorescent ceiling lights in the SSL with energy efficient LED lights. This will take place from Monday 18th March to Friday 12th April. The area the work will be carried out in is the section of books located to the rear of the library (between the two Discussion Rooms and the Q-Step Teaching Lab). See red outlined section below:

While the work takes place, this section of the library will be unavailable to readers. This will also include the individual study desks adjacent to the book shelves along the west wall (see blue block within the red outline section above).

Note that sections of this overall area will be made available again as the work progresses.

Library staff will operate a fetching service for books located in the above area. Readers should go to the Library Issue Desk to request material.

The work will involve some noise disturbance at times. However, we are hoping to restrict this to between 9am – 10am each morning. There may be some additional noise disturbance between 1pm – 2pm.

The LED light fittings use less than half the amount of electricity of the old fitting. This is part of a University of Oxford Estates Services project to improve lighting efficiency throughout the Manor Road Building.

With such a positive outcome for the library we appreciate your understanding while the work takes place.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email us.


This Library will be closed this Thursday (20th December) between 09:00 and 15:00

The library will be closed this Thursday (20th December 2018) between 09:00 and 15:00 due to essential electrical maintenance. There will be no electricity supply in the building during this time.

Please note that due to the closure, no stack request deliveries will be taking place on this day. Items ordered from the Closed Stacks on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday (before 7.30pm) will be delivered on the morning of Friday 21st.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Maintenance work taking place in our main computer area (Mon 6 to Fri 10 Aug)

In the week Monday 6 August – Friday 10 August, there will be some maintenance work taking place, during Library opening hours, on the fire dampers under the floor in our main computer area.

Main Library PC Area

All the computers in this area (including Bloomberg, Eikon and other computers in our Data Area) will be unavailable during this period. You can instead use the computers in our Information Skills Training Room. Library staff will be happy to direct you to this area of follow the directional signage which will be placed near to the PCs.

The works are expected to include some drilling on both sides of the wall next to the computers, so this area may be noisy during this time. For those studying in the seating area adjacent to our main computer area, you may wish to move to the study spaces at the east side of our library.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.



Possible internet downtime in the SSL 29 March

On Thursday morning 29 March we will be upgrading some of the equipment that generates the WiFi signal in the SSL. As part of the upgrade the internet will go down for a short period in different sections of the library. The work should not take long and full signal will be re-established by 10.00.

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. Wired internet will still be available on our library PCs and through ethernet cables which can be borrowed at the issue desk.

Large Discussion Room and East Graduate Study Room not available for use Mon 19th to Tues 20th March


Our Large Discussion Room and East Graduate Study Room are being repainted on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th March.

These two rooms will be out of use while the work is completed and while the paint dries.

Our Small Discussion Room and Central Graduate Study Room will be available for use as normal. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Noise disruption in Library: Mon 12th to Fri 16th March: UPDATE

There will be some minimal noise disruption intermittently affecting the East Graduate Study Room, Central Graduate Study Room, Information Skills Training Room, and surrounding areas from Monday 12 – Friday 16 March, when work is taking place to service the fire dampers under the floor.

UPDATE: The Reader PCs Area will also be briefly affected from 9am-10am on Wednesday 14 March.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Potential Noise Disruption (East and North Section of the Library): Thursday 13 April

There will be some noise disruption in the East and North section of the Library on Thursday 13 April, when work is taking place to vacuum the trench heating by the windows. The work will start before the Library opens, and will finish at 12 noon. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.