Information Commons Summer makeover

Information Commons Artwork

Ten years on and more than 13 million visitors later, our Information Commons is getting a makeover!

In response to your feedback through The National Student Survey 2016, we’ll be refurbishing the building over the summer, tackling wear and tear issues, replacing floor coverings and introducing a fresh new colour scheme.

Following this makeover you will notice improved aesthetics, but we won’t stop there! The library will continue working with you to further develop our great study and learning spaces. In this digital era, the Library’s physical spaces have never been more popular - we’ll continue to work with you to design learning environments that will inspire.

The building is now closed and will re-open on 18 September, ready for the start of the new academic year.

Later in the year, we’ll also be replacing the lift cars, one at a time, to ensure that there is always one lift available. This will take about six months in total, so should be complete by February 2018.

Click here to see how the project is progressing.

Questions & Answers

Questions and answers

If you have any questions that we have not covered here, please contact us.

Q. When will the Information Commons close?
A. The Information Commons will close at midnight on June 9th, once exams are over, and re-open on September 18th, ready for the new academic year.

Q. Will it be completely closed?
A. Yes, the whole building will be closed over the summer so that the contractors can work as quickly as possible to get it ready for the new academic year.

Q. I need to study over the summer – where can I find alternative study spaces?
A. There are 1200 study spaces in The Diamond on Leavygreave Road, which will be open 24/7 over the summer, and there are 730 study spaces in Western Bank Library, which will be open (9am – 7pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 6pm Saturday to Sunday) over the summer.

Q. What will happen to all the books and journals currently in the IC and how can I access them?
A. All the books and journals will remain in the IC and library staff will be collecting orders at least twice a day, so you shouldn’t have to wait more than 24 hours for anything you need for your studies. Access to books and materials will be through StarPlus as normal.

Q. And where can I pick up and drop off books?
A. You’ll be able to collect and drop off books either at The Diamond, Western Bank library, or The Health Sciences Library.

Q. Where’s the nearest café which will be open while the IC is closed?
A. There’s Jessop West café just over the road and the Diamond slightly further down Leavygreave Road, as well as a number of places to eat in the Students’ Union.

Q. Where can I find an alternative prayer room?
A. The Students’ Union Prayer Room located on Level 2 or The Diamond, 1st floor.

Q: How can I access reference copies
A: All reference copies located in the IC will be made loanable over the summer. You can still access reference copies of high demand books in the Diamond, 4th floor

Q. Where can I borrow a laptop from?
A. Self-service laptop loans are available on the 4th floor of the Diamond. Laptop loans are also available from Western Bank Library and The Health Sciences Library during staffed hours.

Q. What will happen to the artwork on display in the Information Commons?
A. The existing artwork will be taken down and stored within our heritage office during the works, then re-hung once the work is complete.

Q. Is the whole of the Information Commons being refreshed?
A. Most of the building is included within the summer works, but the reception area and main entrance are not part of this work, as we expect to develop a further project to cover these areas.

Q. How will I access CICs services while the Information Commons is closed?
A. The Student Equipment Support Service will be available from The Diamond (11am – 3pm Monday to Friday). CiCS help and support can be found at

Q: How will I access the Legal Practice reference collection?
A: The reference collection will be temporarily relocated to Western Bank Library and will remain accessible over the summer.


Information Commons Future Vision Flooring Patterns

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Project Manager

Brian Evans | 0114 222 9038 |

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