IALS Transformation Project 2018-2020

A fly-though simulation of the IALS transformation project

The University of London has agreed to a multi-million pound refurbishment for the IALS building starting in July 2018 subject to planning approval. Additional necessary funding for the project will be sought through a fundraising campaign.

The building, its seminar rooms / lecture theatre and the main reading rooms of the Library will remain open during the two-year programme of works. There will be some noise and disruption and temporary arrangements for entry to the Library and for the Issue & Enquiry desk. More information on the scheduled programme of works will be available shortly. Watch out for news bulletins.

The project will replace the infrastructure with new heating, cooling, ventilation, cabling and wifi. IALS Library will be completely refurbished and re-designed in the upcoming refurbishment. We will be able to offer a new 2nd floor entrance looking out on to Russell Square, 50 additional study desks, bookable group study and training rooms, special needs room, 10 additional lockable library research carrels, new desk and chair furniture throughout the library, more control over our reading room heating and cooling, more self-issue laptops and improved IT services. A new dedicated study room outside the library on the 5th floor of the building will be created for IALS PhD students. This major project will take around two years but we will remain open throughout.

Preparatory work

Books are being moved from shelves in the area around the Library lift on the 2nd floor in anticipation of the major refurbishment project which will be starting in July 2018.

Preparatory work to refurbishment on IALS Library 2nd floor Preparatory work to refurbishment on IALS Library 2nd floor




This area is where the temporary Admissions Desk and temporary Issue & Enquiry Desk will be located. 

Find out more and follow the progress of the project at: http://ials.sas.ac.uk/about/ials-transformation-project

IALS at 70 panel 2018: Future