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May 03
St. Peters House Library undergoing a c£600k major refurbishment over the summer
The university is investing c£600k in a refurbishment of the St. Peters House Library interior this summer. This will require the library to shut its doors (but not its service) throughout the summer of 2018. This follows requests from library users to make improvements to the library interior especially in regard to temperature and facilities.


  • Entirely reappointed interior (carpets, walls, shelving, facilities)
  • A new ventilation system to bring fresh air into the library
  • Additional drinking fountains
  • Sustainable LED lights to replace the fluorescent lighting
  • Enhanced acoustic management
  • Updated network and telephony cabling to provide an increased number of recharging points and better internet connectivity

Dates of Refurbishment

Friday, June 8th at 17:30 the library will shut its doors and is due to open again on October 1st 8:45 for the start of term.

Summer Services

The library service will continue to operate 7-days a week throughout the summer between the two other Brighton libraries, at the Aldrich Library (885 study spaces) and at the Falmer Library (400 spaces) as well as Queenwood and Hastings. These libraries provide 400,000+ books and the Online Library supplies millions of accountable sources for research.

The loss of our dedicated public space for Arts and Humanities books is temporary but nonetheless disruptive for those of us who work through the summer. Our summer composition is a mix of post-graduates, students in summer seminars, and those writing dissertation with hand-ins following the summer term (as well as members of the public). To that end we have adjusted library rules to better support our users.


  • From May 1st the number of materials you can borrow will increase permanently to 99 (from 20).
  • From June 8th until opening October 1st, the number of Interlibrary Loans (ILLs) will be unlimited for our summer students, researchers, and staff.
  • ILLs will be delivered to Falmer from May 28th, but upon your direct request to, you can pick up ILLs at Aldrich, Queenwood, or Hastings.
  • All new St. Peter’s books, CDs, films, and journals which arrive over the summer will available at Falmer.
  • 1000 of St. Peter’s books can be browsed at Falmer from June 25th in a small break-off collection.
  • A selection of the materials from our Special Collections will be available at Falmer.
  • Graduating Grand Parade students who apply for the free library Alumni membership can ask us to extend their guaranteed year-long membership, to a year and a half.
  • We renew your borrowed books automatically 99 times (thereby avoiding fines). We still need you to return your borrowed books when these are requested by other library members. Please return those books to any library when you receive an email indicating your item has to be returned at its due date.

How do I get the books I need if they’re in storage?

Where a book is in storage, we will supply you a copy through the unlimited Interlibrary Loan (ILL). You can expand your resources by searching for materials outside of the University of Brighton Libraries and requesting a copy to be picked up in Brighton via ILL.

All the sources you require for your dissertations, research, and other projects can be borrowed from the University of Brighton Libraries during the summer.

Requesting Interlibrary Loans (ILLs)

Interlibrary Loan Requests

Online Sources

Online Library

Broaden your Search for Books to Request via ILLs

  • Search for books in Academic and Research Libraries across the UK in COPAC
  • Search Libraries across the world (pickup UofB Libraries) WorldCat
  • Search Art Libraries across Europe and the US (pickup UofB Libraries) Art Discovery Group

Talk to Librarians

Librarians are available on a drop-in bases, or via email or a phone call, and will provide reliable, accountable sources for students’ researching their dissertation topics. is brilliantly monitored and a great way to contact library staff!”
- Lara Perry, Deputy Head, School of Humanities

How to Feedback on the Plans

Email which goes to the library manager Lisa Redlinski as well as Assistant Director of Information Services, Cath Morgan.

Literary Reference

“When Alonzo Quijano leaves his bed and seeks the comfort of his books he doesn’t find them, as though a wizard arrived one night on a cloud and made the books and the room they were in vanish in a puff of smoke. Without his library Alonzo Quijano is no longer the man he was and then, in remembering the books that taught him the ethics of chivalry, his imaginative strength comes back to him ... he leaves his house and sets off on new adventures.... loss helps you remember, and the loss of a library helps you remember who you truly are.” – Alberto Manguel Packing My Library

Borrow these now--

Don Quixote as a graphic novel

The Book of the Order of the Chivalry, Ramon Llull- the guy who invented chivalry


Listen to Packing my Library


Before Refurb

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After Refurb

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