Enhancements to Special Collections and Archives, Summer 2013

To continue to accommodate and preserve our growing research collections, a programme of refurbishment work is planned to take place during the summer.

The work involves the installation of new compact mobile shelving in the main research area, located on the lower ground floor of the Arts and Social Studies Library. The new shelving will increase capacity significantly, creating more space for further historical and rare materials.

The work is planned to start from Monday 10th June and will continue until late September.

To make our collections as accessible as possible during this time, the History Research Collection will be moved to the top floor of the Arts and Social Studies Library for open access consultation.

Other works, including the 19th Century Periodicals and Salisbury Library Collection, will be accessible by Special Collections and Archives staff only. By prior appointment, staff will be able to retrieve items from these collections for consultation. Appointments should be made with a minimum of three days’ notice.

Peter Keelan, Head of Special Collections and Archives, said: “These developments will be of great benefit to our students, staff and researchers. The increased space will mean that we will be able to house further collections, enabling our visitors to more easily access and study a wider range of our rare, specialist, unique, and historical sources.”

Further work is also planned to improve the reading areas, and to provide a larger, better-equipped seminar room for classes and events.

If you have any questions or comments about the work, or would like to arrange an appointment to view collections during the refurbishment period, please contact Peter Keelan – email KeelanP@cardiff.ac.uk or telephone 029 2087 5678.

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