Possible noise disturbance: Wed 8 to Fri 17 January 1 to 2pm

There may be some drilling noise audible within the Library from 1-2pm today and for the rest of this week (Wed-Fri, 8-10 January) and also during 1-2pm next week (Mon-Fri, 13-17 January). This is due to lighting replacement work taking place in the Manor Road Building.

Please ask staff for advice on the quietest spaces to work in the Library during this time.

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.


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.

Potential Noise Disruption: Tuesday 4 April AM

This is advance notification that there may be some noise disruption in the South side of the Social Science Library first-thing tomorrow morning, Tuesday 4 April, whilst work takes place to vacuum the trench heating. The work will commence before the Library opens but may continue beyond 9am into Library opening hours. We thank you for your understanding.

Building Works in the Manor Road Building: Alternative entrance to Library Sat 8th and 15th Aug

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During August and September 2015, new lights are being fitted to the main stairway in the Manor Road Building. In order to complete this work, scaffolding will be erected on the stairway which will be out of use from 10 August until 20 August. Access to the upper floors of the building will be accessible via the lift next to the building reception desk.

On Saturday 8 August and Saturday 15 August, the scaffolding will be delivered to the building and stored in the main atrium of the building. For safety reasons, the main automatic door to the Social Science Library will not be in use on these two days. Entrance to the Library will be via the Fire Exit of the Q-Step Centre Teaching Lab (West Graduate Study Room) on the North Side of the building. Signs will be placed on the exterior of the building to direct library users to the temporary entrance on these two days.

The temporary entrance will be staffed by a member of the Manor Road Building Facilities team. Users of the Library should present their University/Bodleian Reader’s card when entering the library, and present their bags for inspection when leaving. Readers wishing to leave the library with books belonging to the Social Science Library, whether borrowed the same day or previously, should obtain a token from the library issue desk to indicate that the books in their possession have been checked by library staff. All normal library services will be available from the library issue desk.

From Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 August, the Social Science Library automatic doors will again be in operation, but users of the library may be asked by the contractors to wait briefly before entering the library if equipment is being carried through the atrium area.

The library should be accessible as normal from Thursday 13 August.

There will be some noise disruption on these days in particular, and in late August and early September while the scaffolding is erected and the new lights are installed. Free ear plugs will be available from the Library Issue Desk during this period.

Maintenance work taking place at the SSL this Wednesday (4th March)

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This is to remind all our readers that maintenance work will be taking place in the SSL this Wednesday (4th March). This essential work needs to be carried out on the library fire exit located between our two Discussion Rooms.

This work will unfortunately be noisy at times, with drilling etc but it hoped that it will be finished by noon that day.

During this period we our making are Graduate Study Rooms available for all of our readers to use.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused.