Central Library Space

Summer 2014 saw the start of a 2 year project to transform the Central Library space.

The project addresses many of the issues raised in the February library survey, including climate control and power and data availability. As part of the project, the former Science Museum Library space has already been transformed into a new study environment.

Phase 2 of the project commenced in Summer 2017.

Find out more about the Central Library Building Project Phase 2

Supporting Documents

Library Search User Experience Summer 2016

During Summer 2016, Imperial College London's Library Information Systems team ran a round of user experience research into the information-seeking behaviour of undergraduate and postgraduate students with a specific focus on the use of the library catalogue and discovery interface.

The purpose of the work was to understand user behaviours and preferences to target development of practical improvements to the Library Search interface.

Report

Library Search UX report summer 2016 (pdf)

Library Search UX report summer 2016 - summary (pdf)

Appendices

Appendix A - participant information sheet and consent form (pdf)
Appendix B - script for interviews and think aloud exercises (pdf)
Appendix C - UX tools and techniques literature review (pdf)
Appendix D - diagram of theoretical categories (pdf)
Appendix E - grounded theory core categories and memos (pdf)
Appendix F - weekly UX research planning (pdf)

Report summary

Library Search UX summary cover slide

Library Search User Experience Summer 2016

Introductory text

During Summer 2016 the Library Information Systems team used a variety of user experience techniques to study the information seeking behaviour of students

Research summary

Research summary

Research objectives

Research objectives

Research questions

Research questions

Research procedures

Research procedures

Data collection methods

Data collection methods

Data analysis method

Data analysis method

Results

Results: core findings

Research evaluation

Research evaluation

Ongoing UX work

Ongoing UX work

Resources

Resources to download

Library Search UX survey

Library Search UX survey results 2016 (pdf)