Work on Wates House is planned to start in autumn 2014. To allow this to happen, The Bartlett Library will relocate to Central House at the end of July 2014, in preparation for the academic year 2014-15.
Central House is 2 minutes’ walk from Wates House and will become the long-term home of The Bartlett Library.
Amongst other things, the new library will offer:
- an increased number of study spaces of different types, including quiet space for individual study
- informal group study areas and a bookable room for small groups
- dedicated short loan space so everyone can have direct access to short loan material
- display and exhibition space; machines for printing, scanning and copying.
During this period of relocation, UCL and The Bartlett Library are determined to continue to provide an excellent service for students and staff alike.
Plans and maps
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s happening to The Bartlett Library?
The Bartlett Library will be moving out of Wates House to
allow refurbishment work on the building to start. The Library will be moving
to a new permanent home on the ground floor of Central House, 14 Woburn Place,
WC1H 0NN. See map above.
When will the move happen?
The move will start the weekend of 26th/27th July and will take around a week.
Will the library be closed during the move?
A short period of closure will be necessary to allow the library to be packed up, moved and unpacked in Central House. Lots of Bartlett students will be working on dissertations during the summer so we’re working to keep the closure period to an absolute minimum but we do anticipate that we will need to close for around a week i.e. 28th July – 1st August. The Bartlett Library is usually closed at the weekend over the summer.
Discussions are in progress and we should be able to confirm the length of the closure period shortly. We will add the details to these pages once it has been finalised.
What about borrowing and returning books during the closure?
We will put a number of arrangements in place to help our students so that no one is penalised. For instance, we can waive fines on any Bartlett books due during that time and issue Bartlett short loans for longer. Postgraduates will also be able to borrow up to 20 items (rather than the usual 10) during the summer vacation.
Unfortunately we will not be able to retrieve books during the closure, so if you are likely to need an item, please make sure you borrow it before we close.
Where else can I study?
All the other UCL Library sites will be open for their usual summer opening hours during the closure period. You’ll be able to find details of summer opening hours and locations on the Library’s website.
What services will the new library offer?
The new library will offer all the services the existing one does and more: there will be an increased number of study spaces of different types, including quiet space for individual study, informal group study areas and a bookable room for small groups; dedicated short loan space so everyone can have direct access to short loan material; a collections room with the current Architecture and Town Planning collections merged into one sequence so that all the Bartlett Library books on a particular subject will be shelved together; display and exhibition space; machines for printing, scanning and copying; and an environment much more suited to a 21st century academic library.
Once we’ve moved into the new library we’ll be starting a project to RFID-tag the books and install self-service machines so that users of the new library will be able to issue and return books themselves.
What about opening hours?
For the moment the opening hours in the new library will stay as they are now. You can find the opening hours for this academic year on the Bartlett Library’s opening hours pages.
Can I see the designs?
The design of the library is a work in progress, but you can view some images which illustrate the latest thinking above.
Who is the architect?
We’re working with Hawkins\Brown Architects who are also the architects on the Wates House refurbishment project. Hawkins\Brown were shortlisted in 2013 for RIBA’s Stirling Prize and BD Architect of the Year. They are also a RIBA conservation award winner.
How can I find out more?
If you're a student or member or staff at The Bartlett and have any questions, concerns or feedback please feel free to contact Caroline Fletcher and Suzanne Tonkin, The Bartlett Library Site Librarians.
You can also follow updates on Twitter by following the hashtag #bartlettspace