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Brotherton Library transformation

Closure dates and alternative arrangements

These are the expected closure dates and alternative arrangements whilst the transformation work is underway. These are based on current plans and may be subject to change as the projects progress. Please check this page again before you visit.


These are the key dates for disruption to different areas of the Brotherton Library:

  • Special Collections Research Centre closed: 1 June 2020 – 3 January 2021
  • Temporary research centre with reduced opening hours available between 3 August – 18 December
  • Level 3 Reading Room closed: 3 June – 10 July
  • West Building closed: 1 June – 10 July
  • Limited West Building open: 10 July – 2 November
  • Access to subject collections disrupted: 8 June – 18 September

Special Collections Research Centre closure

Monday 1 June until Monday 3 August

There will be no access to the Research Centre or to any collections during this time. We will still be available to respond to queries via email.

Special Collections temporary research space with reduced opening hours

Monday 3 August until Friday 18 December

From August, we will host a pop-up Research Centre in the Brotherton Library, open 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 1pm on alternate Saturdays.

The temporary research space is located off the Brotherton Library Level 3 Reading Room, next to the Enquiries office.

Please contact us at least 72 hours before your visit and let us know which items to retrieve during this period.

Previously arranged teaching sessions for semester one will take place in the Sheppard Room, located in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery.

Level 3 Reading Room closure

Wednesday 3 June until Wednesday 10 July

While polishing takes place, there will no access to the Brotherton Library level 3. Shelf items can be accessed on level 4, however we would not recommend studying here while work takes place due to noise and odour from the machinery.

A retrieval service will be in place during this time for items held on these floors and in the West Building.

Self-service machines, enquiries, printing and copying facilities will be made available on level 3 during this time. This will be accessible by lift.

West Building closure

Monday 1 June until Wednesday 10 July

There will be no access to the West Building, including laptop lockers, shelf items and cluster PCs, during the period while the level 3 reading room is closed. We will retrieve items held in the West Building on request.

Variable West Building access

Wednesday 10 July until Monday 2 November

Access to the West Building is subject to change across this period.

Access to subject items

Sunday 8 June until Friday 18 September

English, Bibliography and General Literature will be moving, along with all stack items and journals. As such, these may not be where you expect. A retrieval service will be in place during these dates.