The gradual removal of departmental libraries continued at the end of last week, with a shake-up of the Department of Computing's Computer Support Group (CSG).
The DoC technical library, run by CSG, is home to past project reports, user manuals, magazines and technical books but has remained closed since 30th June. The department has been unable to justify retaining it with such a high demand for space in Huxley.
The closure has already attracted complaints from MSc students who are still in College working on their dissertations, as the library provided a convenient source of information next to the main teaching labs.
While the loans system allowing books to be borrowed has been discontinued, it is still theoretically possible, if inconvenient, to browse while standing in the library. However, the Technical Librarian and three other staff members leaving in the re-organisation last week has led to staff shortages, meaning the room is currently locked; this effectively isolates the resources from any students.
Some of the existing stock will make its way to the central library; however, this is also short of space. A proportion of the remaining books will transfer to the new DoC common room, for reference only, with the rest likely to be disposed of. There is concern that those books left in the common room will gradually disappear, with no librarian to watch over them. The technical library room itself is likely to be turned into a meeting room.