Friday, May 30, 2008

Air-conditioning

From the suggestion box:

The air-conditioning on the top floor of the library is far too cold. It is not possible to sit at the computers for more than 15 minutes as the air-conditioning is blasting out. Is it possible to reduce the output at all? In a time of reducing carbon emissions etc, and given it is not even hot outside, surely the library does not need to be this cold? Everyone sitting around me is also putting on more and more layers so it's not just me! Many thanks

Library Response:

All air conditioned buildings are affected by the outside temperature and the number of people in the building. We are not able to turn the temperature up as this causes the books to sweat and could lead to outbreaks of mould in the collection, which in turn could cause a serious health issue. The air conditioning system we currently have has unusual patterns which makes it difficult to predict and control. The University is currently addressing issues with HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) on the entire campus with a Campus District Cooling Project and hopefully this will resolve issues in the long run.