Leeds University Library

New Library Research Hub to celebrate opening

Published Thursday 6 October 2016

Empty research hub group area in green

Launch party and Open Access Week events in October

The much anticipated Research Hub has now opened on Level 13 of the newly refurbished Edward Boyle Library. Exclusively for staff and research post graduates, this space is designed to support and facilitate the University's research activities.

The Research Hub has ten bookable rooms for private study and seven bookable group rooms with large screens with sharing software. There's lots of silent study space featuring extra large desks, with individual lighting, good internet connection and plenty of sockets for mobile devices.

Two large research meeting rooms are available for researcher training and networking events and are equipped with excellent presentation equipment including a white board wall and lecture capture technology.

"a wonderful venue to bring researchers together for events and training courses that help underpin our culture of research excellence"

Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation said, "This new facility is fantastic in providing us with a researcher focused study space where they can get together to exchange ideas and begin to develop exciting new interdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues. It will also be a wonderful venue to bring researchers together for events and training courses that help underpin our culture of research excellence."

The Hub is home to the Library's Research Support and Data Management Teams.

"Our launch party is a great opportunity for researchers to come along, see the facilities and meet the Library's Research Support and Data Management Teams, together with staff from Special Collections."

Pat Spoor, Acting Head of Library Research Support and Study Space said, "The Library supports researchers across the University with open access publishing and data sharing. We help to ensure that Leeds research outputs are available to the widest possible audience and maximise the opportunities for impact.

"This year we are delighted to be able to welcome staff and RPGs to celebrate International Open Access Week in the new Research Hub. The speakers at our open access events will give their views on the future of open access and discuss their own experiences.

"Our launch party is a great opportunity for researchers to come along, see the facilities and meet the Library's Research Support and Data Management Teams, together with staff from Special Collections."

Free events for researchers at the Research Hub

Research Hub Launch Party

Monday 24 October, 4-6pm

Meet the Library's Research Support and Data Management Teams, explore the facilities, ask questions and suggest ideas for activities and events. Refreshments will be provided.

Book a place at the launch party

Open access in action

Tuesday 25 October, 11am-12.30pm

Hear about the latest developments and issues in the open access landscape from a range of different perspectives, including Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor Lisa Roberts. Find out from publishers and Leeds academics about their experiences of making research freely available and take advantage of the Q&A to ask any questions you may have about open access. All welcome.

Book a place at Open access in action

It's all about data

Wednesday 26 October, 3.30-5pm

Grab the opportunity to wax lyrical about your own research data and find out about what other researchers are up to. This event will be an exciting afternoon of networking, watching thought-provoking presentations and eating delicious biscuits. All welcome.

Book a place at It's all about data

Open Access Week #WeDigData

To celebrate Open Access Week, why not take a look at some publicly available research?