Imperial College London students petition for library air con

Imperial College newspaper FELIX sets up petition asking for the installation of library air conditioning

FELIX online, the student newspaper and website for Imperial College London students, has launched a petition asking the college to pay for the installation of an air conditioning system in the campus library.

The Imperial College London applied for planning permission for the library air conditioning installation in 2014, which was approved by the appropriate local authority bodies. However, the college has since made no further progress with the air conditioning plans.

Imperial College London students ask college for library air conditioning

Imperial College London

According to FELIX online, the college was told it would cost £13.5 million to install the air con system. However, it awarded the library only £6.75 million in funding, meaning the same amount still needs to be raised by the library in order to go ahead with the air con installation.

In 2014, Imperial College London students complained about the stifling temperatures in the glass-walled library, especially on sunny summer days. Many students find that the temperatures result in an uncomfortable environment that is counterproductive for successful studying.

Thus far, the petition has gained more than 1,000 signatures from students, but FELIX online say that even the librarians are not happy about the library heat and they would welcome the air conditioning.

The petition will be handed over to Imperial College officials next week.

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