We have good news and bad news when it comes to Polak. The building will remain closed to the public until at least March 2018. The floor needs to be reinforced in a number of places. However, the good news for students is that, starting next week, the university will be realising various new study areas on campus. This brings the number back to the total pre-closure.
Students who were planning to prepare for their December and January exams in the Polak building are out of luck. An inspection confirmed that the floors need to be reinforced in a number of spots (along the Plaza end). While the current solution satisfies the criteria set by authorities, EUR indicated that the renovations will take some time. If everything goes according to plan, Polak will reopen in March. All lectures will be rescheduled until that time.
To make sure that all students have a place to study until Polak reopens, EUR will be taking new study areas into use as of Monday, 4 December. Most of these new areas will be found in the Sanders building. ESSB’s study landscape will also be accommodated in this building as of next week, and EUR will be extending opening hours. Like the University Library, Sanders will be open from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and midnight, and weekends from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, students can also study in the lecture halls.
EUR will also be adding new study areas in the other buildings. In Tinbergen, students can use the office areas that have been vacated in connection with the building’s upcoming renovation. As of 5 December, you can find a number of silent study areas on the building’s 13th floor. In addition, the hall of the Theil building and Siena will gain new areas with a – as the university puts it – ‘more informal atmosphere’.