Temporary Change to the Caird Library opening hours

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Temporary Change to the Caird Library opening hours

Temporary Change to Library Opening Hours between November 2015 and January 2016.

You may have seen on our webpages or heard from staff that we are changing our opening hours for a short period between November 2015 and January 2016. During this period we will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays to enable staff to work offsite on collections as part of the Museum’s Endeavour Project. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but hope that as this change is during a period when the Library is traditionally quieter and over the Christmas and New Year breaks the impact will be kept to a minimum for our readers.

Caird Library Reading Room - Quiet Study Area

Caird Library Reading Room – Quiet Study Area

The Museum’s Endeavour Project encompasses four new galleries which will open in 2018, to mark the 250th anniversary of Cook’s voyage in HM Bark Endeavour, and also a new offsite storage and conservation facility. The latter will include a purpose-built store for paper-based items which will house the collections that we are currently unable to store onsite here at Greenwich. The majority of the more popular archive and printed collections are in stores attached to the Library, part of the new facilities built during the Sammy Ofer Wing Project, which opened in 2011.

Library staff have been working hard during the past year to prepare material for the move to this new store – firstly identifying which material will be moving then sorting, listing and cataloguing as necessary. However in order to complete this work to deadline staff need to complete a significant amount of work in a short space of time. This is the reason for a temporary period of reduced opening hours.

Once again I apologise for any inconvenience caused whilst we carry out this essential work – please contact me on sbligh@rmg.co.uk or talk to staff in the library if you have any comments or concerns.


Stuart Bligh

Head of Archive and Library

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