Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Introducing your Swansea Met library - The Griffith Library at Dynevor

The second part of our series highlighting the libraries here at Swansea Met features our lovely Griffith Library, at the Dynevor campus!

The Griffith Library opened as a brand new library back in October 2005, when the Faculty of Art and Design moved to its new Dynevor campus. Originally named Dynevor Library, in 2011 it was re-named in memory of Art and Design staff member Sue Griffith, an inspiring lecturer and advocate of libraries and learning.

You can find the Griffith Library next to the main reception at Dynevor. In terms of size, although on two floors we are the smallest of all the Swansea Met libraries. We do however have a wide range of facilities and resources primarily catering for the needs of students and staff within Art and Design, and also the Swansea School of Glass. As we are so conveniently located close to the city centre, we are also popular with members of the public, who can join us through a local libraries scheme (Libraries Together) and borrow a small selection of books!

In terms of facilities, we offer students and staff access to a fantastic selection of books and print journals, space to study, networked PCs, printers and photocopiers (providing A4 and A3 printing/photocopying - in black and white or colour). We also have WIFI for anyone wishing to access the IT network via their mobile device, and a tv linked to a dvd/video player to watch films etc.

If you are looking for somewhere to relax for a while, we have a range of daily newspapers that you can find in our reading area. We also have a small selection of fiction titles in that area which you can borrow, if you fancy reading for pleasure as a change to academic studying! Currently the fiction theme is ‘As Seen on Screen’ – titles that have all been made into films (and were featured recently in another blog post of ours on 9th January).

Alternatively, if you are looking for ideas/inspiration, besides books, journals and e-resources we have quite a few artworks dotted around (paintings, ceramics, and even a bronze!)

Our small, friendly team of library staff are on hand to offer help and advice as required. We can advise on a range of queries, from helping to locate a book to using our library e-resources on and off campus.

Term–time opening hours for the Griffith Library are as follows:
Monday – Thursday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Friday: 9.00am – 4.30pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00pm
(For vacation opening hours, please see the library web site)

During opening hours you can check out a book or DVD at the library counter, or why not give our easy to use self-service kiosk a go? On the subject of DVDs, we have a great range of films in this library, perfect if you fancy chilling out on an evening/weekend.

The Griffith Library has welcomed a couple of famous visitors during its time! The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury officially opened the campus in 2006. Cerys Matthews also visited us in 2008, whilst promoting Welsh Libraries.

Lastly, if you have any further queries about the Griffith Library, do get in touch! Visit us in person, or telephone on 01792 481 030. You can also keep up to date by following us and the other Swansea Met Libraries via our Blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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