£50K FirstGroup boost for the New Library

The new library is in the news again with an announcement of a donation by FirstGroup. The UK’s largest bus and rail operator has provided £50k worth of funding for the creation of a quiet study area on the third floor.

Read more here.

Elaine Shallcross (e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk)

Dismantling of the Pihl crane well underway

Eight and a half ton section of the Pihl crane being dismantled

Eight and a half ton section of the Pihl crane is lowered to the ground

Dismantling of the giant Pihl crane used to construct the new library is well under way. 

Work had to be abandoned yesterday because of high winds but several large sections have been removed already this morning.

A 300 ton crane is being used to lift the sections of crane.

Photographs of the operation will be available on the New Library photostream on Flickr within the next few days.

Elaine Shallcross

Bindery on the move

Machinery being loaded on to a flat bed truck

Guillotine dismantled and ready for shipment

Removal of the Bindery’s heavy machinery from Queen Mother Library (QML) is underway. This is a delicate operation involving a lift and extraction of equipment along a narrow gap between the glass panels of the new library and QML.

We hope to keep disruption to the Bindery service to a minimum during this period, with the QML Copyshop remaining open throughout the move.

If you have further queries please e-mail bookbinders@abdn.ac.uk or m.ramsden@abdn.ac.uk.

Elaine Shallcross

Ever wondered what is involved in moving 21 miles of books and archives?

One of the most complex elements of the relocation to the new library building will be the transfer of the manuscript, archive, rare book, modern book and journal stock, glass plate negatives, sound materials, maps, etc etc, from their current locations to new destinations.

We are currently in the process of buying about 15 miles of shelving for the new library and overall we will be moving about 21 miles of stock into a combination of the new building and between existing sites. The tender specification for the removals has been drawn up and we are going through a full tender process conducted under complex European purchasing rules in order to ensure that we appoint a contractor with the specialist experience required to undertake the moves.

Key, of course, to all of this is both the security and safety of the stock during the move, and minimising the disruption to services during it.

Chris Banks

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Introducing the new library move managers

Glass facia on the new library at the University of Aberdeen

MovePlan are the University’s appointed move managers for the New Library Project, and will oversee the planning and delivery of the physical relocation of stock to the new Library, including management of the removal contractor onsite.

MovePlan’s onsite managers are Amanda Brown and Shirley Tait. Shirley has worked with MovePlan for 4 years and has previous move experience within the education sector, successfully relocating Queen Margaret University to their new site in Musselburgh, Edinburgh. Amanda joined MovePlan in 2005 and has gained a wealth of experience in relocating colleges, universities and their libraries, as well as public sector organisations across Scotland. Originally hailing from ‘The Broch’, Amanda is delighted to be back amongst the Doric‐speaking community, whilst Shirley is wondering just how cold it can actually get in Aberdeen!

Amanda and Shirley are currently working on the tender specification for removal contractors with senior managers in Library & Historic Collections.

Elaine Shallcross