STUDENT representatives at Staffordshire University moved to reassure their peers the sale of the Nelson Library was positive and had no bearing on the future of the Stafford campus.
Vice President of Staffordshire University's Student Union, Kris Winpenny, said the initial reaction to the news the building would be sold and the library relocated to the Octagon, was a negative one, with students worried 'it would make things worse rather than better'.
"As an officer team we have known about this plan for some time now and have worked with the University to make sure the end result was the best for the University and for the students," he said.
Mr Winpenny said moving the library showed a 'major' investment in the Stafford campus, with improvements to facilities which should help students work.
"The library will be in a much more central location rather than being tucked away at the back," he said. "Students will be able to travel between lectures and the library much easier."
He also said the move would mean students studying out of hours would be in a less isolated location, adding IT support and library services would now be in the same area.
"Rest assured our involvement has ensured that the move would not take place during assignments and exams at the end of the year, that the plans have much more of a student, rather than staff, focus, and we are now working with the University to secure longer periods of access to the specialist facilities currently available in the Octagon building to coincide with the library's opening times in the future."
Mr Winpenny urged students to come forward with any ideas about layout or what could be introduced in the new building while plans were still in their early stages.
"A sale of a building on the Stafford campus has no bearing on the future of the campus," said Mr Winpenny. "The University's Board of Governors, of which I am one, are discussing the future of the Stafford campus in January and no decision is being made before that.
"If you hear any rumours, we would be happy to quash them for you if we can."