Images

Images

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Study Desks

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Shelving and Study Space

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Library Exterior

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Journals and Study Space

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Summer 2008 additions to group space prove to be an instant success

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Ground floor enhancement 2008

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Techno booth with interactive whiteboard and wifi

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The Sir Michael Cobham Library Exterior at Night

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The Sir Michael Cobham Library Exterior

Description

Description

4.5 kilometres of shelving; a special collections room; wireless networking and 'blue'network points for access to e-resources from personal laptops; 6 study rooms; over 250 computers; social learning zones;IT Service Desk; Library, additional learning needs and study support; postgraduate study area; zones for silent study.

Landmark position set within courtyard with informal seating adjacent to a cafe. Floodlit at night with a fibreoptic sculpture at the pinnacle. The building has an energy saving design with a natural ventilation system and angled windows to minimise solar gain and incorporates many features for those with special needs. The refurbishment and new build appear as one building decorated throughout to the same high standards. Ground floor enhancement summer 2008, Nightingale Associates as Designer and Morgan Ashurst as Contractor; Learning Spaces were completed in 2008 providing a greater variety of social learning spaces with 51 seats for social learning, 6 techno booths and digital signage.

Awards

SCONUL Library Design Award, 2007

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Central/Main library/LRC

Size

5210 m2

Floors

5

Architect

Saunders Architects Practice

Building contractor

Raymond Brown

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Cafe/refreshment areas, Group study spaces, Specialist subject collections

External features

Art works

Internal features

-

Energy efficiency

Energy conservation, Heating, Materials used, Ventilation

Accessibility provision

Access to building

Interior designer

-

Furniture suppliers

-

Services and facilities suppliers

-

IT provision

Laptop points, Public access terminals, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 255

Seats/study places

1010

Stock

240,377