New look Library at Winchester School of Art

MA graduate, Peter Driver, arrives to see the new changes

MA graduate, Peter Driver, arrives to see the new changes

The Winchester School of Art Library has a new entrance area, including a new welcome desk, comfy seating, exhibition space and office area. Work started in June, just after the BA Degree Show and was completed in time for the start of the new term.

Our old loans desk was simply a desk space out in Library 1, which was undefined as the central point of contact, cramped and difficult to create the ‘welcome’ vibe we wanted.The library 1 office used to be a small square room with pipes running overhead. The office was always quite dark and boxy, letting in very little natural light. It was far from a room with a view!

The plan was to open up the old office space, creating more light and less segregation between us and our users. We wanted to create a welcome area, which encompassed a new loans desk/customer service point and provide extra, more relaxed, study spaces.

And here are the results…

The old office has been completely opened up and light now streams in through the windows and views of trees and campus are opened up. Our welcome desk is now on the bridge walkway between libraries 1 and 2 and is light, bright and colourful. With our glass wall we overlook the campus, facing the Eastside building, making us feel much more connected and visible within the School. We have gained a number of extra study spaces with comfortable seating, which in our new welcome area will provide a much more social environment for users to work in if they prefer.

Some features of our refurbishment include:

We have now officially opened our new door and are welcoming the new first year students, along with our other users.

If you would like to use some of our exhibition spaces for work then please do contact us, either by coming in or email us at wsaenqs@soton.ac.uk

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Robynne Willowby, September 2015

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