A major project to replace sections of the Hartley Library roof and air handling plant is taking place during 2016. This essential work will replace the air handling plant that serves the Special Collections Unit as well as adjacent areas of the Library. These improvements will seal the roof to prevent water damage, provide improved ventilation and enhance air quality for Library users.
During the works large sections of plant have been lifted by crane from the roof and after refurbishment or replacement have been lifted back onto the roof. Several road closures have been required. This phase of the works is now completed and no further road closures are anticipated. The roof coverings are being replaced and new air handling plant installed on a new raised access system.
The works are planned to continue through to the end of the calendar year, with a scheduled completion date of 19th December, 2016.
Please note that, as a result of the works at times, certain areas of the Hartley Library may be unsuitable for long periods of study. Natural ventilation will be provided through roof vents to the existing ducting, however this will provide minimal levels of fresh air. Currently, some areas of Levels 3 and 5 especially are very cool. Please contact Library staff if you require help to find other, more comfortable space in the Hartley Library, while you work.
Between June and September, the Archives and Manuscripts and Rare Books reading room will be running a restricted service: this might include brief periods of closure. Please contact the Archives and Manuscripts at Archives@soton.ac.uk for further information about access.