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Mile End Library Building Works – Summer 2019

What is happening?

Building infrastructure improvement works will be taking place beginning 01 July 2019 at Mile End Library.  The works will include electrical re-wiring in some parts of the building, as well as improvements to heating and cooling systems, and water supplies.


Our aim is to make sure we address your concerns about the building and its environment.  For example, fixing electrical sockets and improving the heating in the Mile End Library were highlighted at Staff Student Liaison Committees and in many of your responses to the Library’s ‘QMUL Libraries of Tomorrow’ engagement initiative in early 2019.

Over the last few years, the numbers of people using the building to study has increased significantly, the way in which the building is used has also changed with more demand for electrical outlets and the interior having been modified from its original design.  This has led to an increase in power outages, especially to desks, as well as heating and cooling being difficult to maintain.  This project is intended to not only resolve these specific issues, but also provide some resilience for the next few years.

How will you be affected?

We apologize for any inconvenience these works may cause. In order to work swiftly and return spaces back to normal use in the shortest time possible, parts of the library will be inaccessible for periods of time as part of a set of phased works:

  • 01 July – 05 August

The Ground floor Learning Lounge will be closed. The Teaching Collection and Learning Café are unaffected.

  • 01 July – 02 August

The whole of the 2nd floor will be closed; during this time, graduate students needing access to quiet individual study space are advised to try the 7th floor Graduate Centre (open 24/7) in the first instance, alternatively individual study space is available in the 1st floor North area of the Mile End Library.

  • 05 August – 06 September

The 1st floor reading rooms will be closed; during this time, the ground and 2nd floor will be fully open as usual, and the Active Learning Centre 1st floor West will remain open throughout

During this time, a request and collect service will be in operation for physical collections held on floors closed for study. You can request up to five books simultaneously, using this online form.

We have increased the loan allowance for all QM postgraduate students and staff from 20 to 40 books at any one time

 Where else to study:

In addition to the above arrangements, the following Library study spaces are also available. Please check details of opening hours at:

  • Mile End Canalside
  • Mile End Hive
  • Whitechapel Library
  • West Smithfield Library
  • West Smithfield Basement PC Area – this space is open 24/7

What will I see at the end of the project?

There won’t be much to see!  Most of the works involve background improvements, new ductwork, wiring that will all be hidden behind panelling.  However, you should find:

  • Fewer problems with sockets that don’t work
  • Fewer times when the reading rooms are too hot, or too cold
  • A more comfortable and energy-efficient building to study and work in


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