The building is the former Public Record Office built from 1850 onwards and incorporates many of the original features from that period.
The Round Room and Weston Room are almost as original and two cells which were used to house the records remain. The building is a mix of old and new and incorporates all the usual modern university library requirements, as well as cafe etc.
City Heritage Award 2003, RICS Building Conservation Award shortlist 2004, Metropolitan Public Gardens Association Award 2003
Type of library
Gaunt Francis Architects
Features and services
Cafe/refreshment areas, Equipment provision, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Meeting rooms, Public address system, Services to particular groups, Specialist subject collections (sciences), Teaching rooms
Design features, Structural
Access between floors, Access to building, Assistive technology
Forster Ecospace, Project Office Furnture
Services and facilities sSuppliers
WiFi, Laptop points, Internet access, RFID, Self service circulation, Number of public computer terminals: 346