Library re-opens on Monday 16th July 2018

Along with other building works taking place in the Matthew Building this summer, exciting new spaces are being created in DJCAD Library. The Library has been closed for 3 weeks while walls were being knocked down, but this demolition work is now complete, so we will re-open for business as usual on Monday 16th July 2018.

The building work will continue in the Library throughout the summer with an estimated completion date of 31st August, so please be aware that continued noise and disruption is inevitable. If you need somewhere quiet to study, facilities are available in the Main Library, just a few minutes’ walk away.

What will be changed?

  1. A new social space/café is being created in the old journals room adjacent to the Help Desks. The wall between the Benin Room and the journals room has been removed to open up the space. There will be a sink area with hot water zip tap, so students can make their own hot drinks. Vending machines selling coffee and snacks will also be available. The seating will be a mix of comfortable sofas and café-style tables and chairs.
  2. In the centre section of the Library, the Munro group Study Room remains, but with a new, wider door. The two rooms adjoining which used to contain a slide and map collection, and a darkroom with video recording area have been knocked through to create a bigger space. Two new windows will bring light into the area and increase the connection to the rest of the Library. The new space will be for research collaboration, and will house the Artists’ Books Collection currently kept in the Visual Research Centre at the DCA. It will be equipped with group study tables connected to the latest AV technology.
  3. A Rewind microcinema has been created in the old office next to the Cattrell Group Study Room. This is intended as a viewing space for the Rewind research project archive, which has conserved early British video art.


DoJ refurb 1

The books protected from dust by plastic sheeting.


DoJ refurb 2

Central rooms opened up ready for the creation of the research collaboration area.


DOJ Refurb small

Opening up the cafe area.