This is a further update about the ongoing refurbishments at the Stellenbosch University Library following our previous communication.
The renovations consist of upgrading the existing facilities and infrastructure to accommodate clients' needs and create a contemporary aesthetic for the SU Library while maintaining the integrity of the existing building. The primary focus of the project is to provide clients with comfortable and effective spaces in which to work while making it easier to use and navigate the library.
It gives us pleasure to inform you that the project has proceeded well despite a few snags and that it is nearing completion.
Due to overlap among the phases, we have now decided to inform you what has been completed and what is outstanding.
We are delighted to inform you that the Circulation area and student study areas as well as the Upper Level student ablutions have been completed and are in use. Please note that all client ablution facilities on the Upper Level of the SU Library are now gender neutral.
Figure 1: Refurbished student study areas
Figure 2: Refurbished student study areas
The reshelving of the books and journals was completed and books and journals are now accessible.
The self-check-in/out machines have been installed at the Circulation Desk on the Upper Level and are in use.
Figure 3: Self-check-in/out machines
Completion of remainder of work
Work that still needs to be completed at the main entrance includes the leisure reading area as well as the installation of aluminium windows, doors and the flooring.
Outstanding work in the leisure reading area will involve the installation of student study areas and new furniture. Once this is complete, newspapers and leisure reading books will be displayed to clients.
In addition to the above, the computers, printing, e-information kiosk and photocopying areas on the Upper Level are not yet in use. Network installation for these will be completed and activated by mid-April.
The completion and handover of the project is now expected at the beginning of May 2022.
We thank clients for demonstrating tolerance, understanding and patience during these refurbishments. We assure you that these renovations are necessary to ensure that you have comfortable and effective spaces at the completion of the project.
For further details contact Delene Pretorius
Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service, Helpline Numbers: +27 21 808 4883, Corp Office / Postal Address: Private Bag X5036 Stellenbosch, 7599