The BFI has announced the opening date for the new BFI Library:
The BFI Library is moving to a new purpose-built home in our venue at BFI Southbank as part of a major modernisation andrefurbishment programme to make it more accessible, to attract new users, and to integrate its considerable resources into our public and cultural programmes
Work on the project began in early March and is scheduled over three months. This notice is to let you know that the Library will close while we physically move its contents to the new site and we are setting up measures to provide alternative access during this period. The closure dates are Monday 14 May to Tuesday 12 June. The new Library will re-open for business on 12 June ahead of a formal launch in September 2012.
This significant investment includes increasing digitisation of Library material, free access, a brand new Saturday service and regular longer weekday opening hours.
Ed Buscombe, Richard Collins and Pam Cook had a meeting yesterday with senior BFI staff responsible for taking forward plans for the BFI library — the notes from the meeting will be posted as soon as they’ve been agreed.
Meanwhile, the BFI has begun a process of public consultation about the future of the library, starting with a series of focus groups on 24 October at BFI Southbank in which invited participants will be able to air their opinions and suggestions. A survey of public opinion is also planned.
The following notice was sent to BFI library members on 12 April 2011:
Go to a copy of this message on the BFI website
Dear Library Member
Please be aware that from the week beginning 18th April 2011, the Reading Room of the BFI National Library will close at 5.30pm on Tuesday evenings. All late opening will be suspended during the summer holiday period, starting in July and resuming again in early September.
Additionally, there will be a one week closure during August so that essential planning activities can take place. Further specific details of these changes to the Library schedule will be communicated to Library Members shortly.
The next year will be an exciting and challenging one for the BFI National Library and we will be spending a lot of time looking at all aspects of our operations, including our opening hours and services. We really appreciate your cooperation and understanding at this time of transition and wish to reassure you that we will work hard to minimise any inconvenience to you. We look forward to seeing you in the Reading Room very soon.
The BFI National Library Team
Sent by BFI, 21 Stephen Street, London W1T 1LN