The University is investing £1.3M in a major refurbishment of the mid-floor of Main Library over Summer 2017. Following consultation with students, many new features will be included such as a postgraduate area, a space for relaxation breaks, more group study rooms with the latest technology, and a bookable creative space with flexible furniture.

A sneak preview of how the new area will look.

Floor plan of the new mid-floorMid-floor plans 2017

Where are all the books going during the building work?

This work will take place over summer 2017, and there will inevitably be some disruption. The Library will remain open throughout the construction period, but the mid-floor will be closed. Books which are shelved on that floor will be moved into storage for a period of 3 months (29th May – 1st September), and most will be inaccessible during that time.

Plan ahead

You can help minimise the effect on you by planning ahead.  Borrow any books you will need over the summer NOW (or at least before the end of May). Our new loan system means that the books will automatically renew for up to a year, unless somebody else requests one of your items on loan, in which case we will shorten the loan period and ask you to return it within one week. Please note that it is your responsibility to return items, even if you have left the Dundee area for the vacation. If a book is requested which you have on loan, we would expect you to post it back to us, if you can’t visit in person.

We recognise that Education students return before September, and that some students will be taking re-sits over Summer, and we have made special provision for this.

How we are minimising disruption

The affected subject areas are: Computer Science, Philosophy and Psychology, Religion, Social Sciences and Education, and Languages.

  • All Education books between numbers 370-379 will remain accessible in a separate temporary location in the Main Library
  • All books on Reading Lists will remain accessible throughout the construction period in a separate temporary location in the Main Library
  • We will increase the limit on the number of books you can take out over the summer before the books are moved into storage.  50 books for staff and postgraduates, and 30 books for undergraduates.  This will start on 17th April and continue through the summer. 
  • St Andrews University Library have agreed to extend the number of books borrowable by Dundee University staff and students. 30 books for staff and postgraduates, and 18 books for undergraduates (normally it is 6 books)
  • Urgent requests for items in storage which cannot be obtained from St Andrews University Library will be obtained through the national Inter-Library Loan scheme, at no charge
  • Under the SCONUL Access Scheme, undergraduates can apply to use other University Libraries for reference purposes only
  • Study areas in the Main Library will be reduced during the building works, but please note that you can always use one of our other libraries at Duncan of Jordanstone (ask at the Reception Desk to have your ID card activated), the Robertson Trust Library at Ninewells Hospital, Fife campus Library in Kirkcaldy, and the Gillingham Library at Perth Royal Infirmary. See for information on access.


Other changes over the Summer

  • Access control in Main Library – automatic speed gates will be installed to replace the single existing turnstile. Your ID card will be needed to activate these gates to allow entry. You will also have to swipe out on leaving. This system will improve security in the building, and provide us with statistics to be used to determine opening hours, based on actual usage. Please remember to carry your ID card at all times.
  • Toilet refurbishment – all toilets in Main Library will be refurbished to bring them up to standard.
  • A new water tank – to be installed in the Plant Room at the top of the building to improve the water supply in the building. Please note that this will cause some disruption in the Law Library area on the second floor, as ceiling tiles in that area will be affected. If book stock areas are cordoned off, we will still be able to retrieve material on request.

Find out more about the new access control in Main Library