“When in doubt, go to the library”

Welcome to the start of a new term, a new academic year and what Keats called the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.” Winchester School of Art is once again full of new students beginning their higher education journeys and there is a wonderful buzz of excitement throughout our campus.

This Autumn at WSA Library we are welcoming many new and positive changes which you will notice around the Library.  We have refreshed our surroundings and our equipment and we have welcomed new staff.

Here are the top five ‘New Things’ to spot around the Library this term:


  1. RFID Self Issue Machine

We have a brand new self-issue machine in Library 1, which can issue multiple books in one go. We are sure you will find the new self- issue machine easy to use, but if you have any questions just ask a member of the Library team and we will be happy to help you.



Image 1: Using the self service machine. Photograph by Bren O’Donnell.


  1. New Furniture

In Library 1 just along from our Journals display we now have some soft seating where you can relax with friends or colleagues, thumb through the journals, engage in quiet study or lose yourself in a book.

In Library 2 we have a new series of desks with dividing panels for focused quiet study.



Image 2: New comfy seating in WSA Library. Photograph by Bren O’Donnell.


  1. New Additions to our Collection

We’ve been busy buying lots of new books and resources over the summer to ensure we have copies of everything on our students’ reading lists. A selection of these books, plus recent requests from students and staff, can be found on our ‘new books’ display.

Each year we visit the final year degree shows to purchase student work, and this year we were very lucky to add some new fantastic pieces to our Artists’ Books collection.

These pieces are part of our new exhibition WSA community: an exhibition of creative work by WSA students and academics, which is currently on display in WSA Library.



Image 3: Big Dave’s essential guide to Blackpool by Tishy Tashy (Natasha Gill). On display in WSA community: an exhibition of creative work by WSA students and academics. Photograph by Bren O’Donnell.


We have also moved some of our display cabinets so that our special collections are more visible and easier to find. Our beautiful collection of Visionaires now occupies a prominent position in the middle of library 2.


  1. New Staff

When you come to the desk with an enquiry you may be greeted by our newest staff member Carolyn, who has joined the team as a Senior Library Assistant. Carolyn works with our colleague Harriet to ensure our cataloguing and acquisitions processes run smoothly. We wouldn’t have any new books without Harriet and Carolyn!


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Image 4: Carolyn Wing, our Senior Library Assistant. Photograph by Bren O’Donnell.


  1. Sustainability at WSA

You will find that most of our bins now have blue lids. All our bins should only hold wastepaper or cardboard. As we do not allow any food or drink in the Library there should be no food waste or packaging in the bins. Please help us to keep the Library lovely and clean (we had all of the carpets and upholstery deep cleaned at the end of the Summer!) by remembering to eat and drink outside the Library and only bring in a bottle of water.



Image 5:  New recycling bin in Library 2. Photograph by Bren O’Donnell.


We’re really looking forward to meeting all our new students at their library inductions and to welcoming them in to the Library. The start of an academic year is a time of new beginnings and new opportunities, but it can also be overwhelming. And so, to quote Hermione Granger (as quoted by Ron Weasley) “When in doubt, go to the library”.



Image 6: New quiet study desks in Library 2.


If you would like to learn more about WSA Library, our induction page is a great place to start.

You can also take a photo tour of the Library here.