Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Introducing your Swansea Met library - The Owen Library

The third part of our series highlighting the libraries here at Swansea Met features the Owen Library, at our Mount Pleasant campus!

The Owen Library is named after former Principal John Trevor Owen, who was Head Master of the Grammar School and Principal of the Technical College here from 1901 – 1910.

The library holds the majority of print stock - a wide selection of books and journals - for the various Faculty of Design and Engineering courses taught at Mount Pleasant. It occupies both the ground and lower ground floors of the stand-alone building (opposite Registry/Finance/Café Metro) and offers a variety of services and facilities. We also have quite a nice view of the bay!


One facility to highlight early on is the lower ground floor computer room, where from time to time we hold online resources user education sessions, to help students (and staff!) learn how to find useful library e-resources i.e. journal articles, conference proceedings etc. To arrange a group session, just ask your lecturer to contact Erica Fothergill, FADE Subject Librarian.

Other notable facilities include our self-service kiosk where you can borrow, renew and return your items independently. We have thirty-seven networked PCs available for student use, and you can also print or photocopy onto A4 or A3, in either black and white, or colour.

In addition to being the location where FADE students now hand in assignments, the Owen Library has a multi-purpose room on the lower ground floor for collaborative work, which you can use for group discussion. The room is kitted out with a whiteboard to aid you with your discussions/presentation work, and colourful, informal seating! Other more formal study space is available on the ground floor, plus there is WIFI throughout the building if you are bringing your own mobile device.


Our team of staff are on hand to help with you any library-related queries, so do please come and ask!
Our term-time opening hours are:

Monday – Thursday: 8.45am – 8.00pm
Friday: 8.45am – 7.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday: 12.00pm – 5.00pm
(For vacation hours and further information, see the library web site)

Please note that the days and times for the handing in of assignments are:
Mondays to Fridays 10.00am – 3.00pm only

Additionally, on display in the library is a folio of architectural designs and plans for the Free Grammar School of Swansea, produced by architect Thomas Taylor between September 1852 - January 1855. Also in the building we have two lovely stained glass windows – one next to the main staircase, and the other on the first floor (which is occupied by the Faculty of Art and Design).

For more information regarding the services or resources at the Owen Library, either call in, or telephone us on 01792 481 141. You can also keep up to date by following us and the other Swansea Met Libraries via our Blog, Facebook & Twitter pages.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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