The refurbishment project aims to bring up the reading rooms up to the
standards of a 21st century library and provide suitable work spaces for Arts students, whilst preserving the original identity of the space. Although the library building was built by William Wilkins in the 1820s, most of the existing elements stem from the reconstruction and restoration by A E Richardson following war damage
All desks have been refurbished and equipped with power and data sockets for all users to use their laptops. Former lighting trunking running across the centre of the tables has been removed and replaced with modern light fittings, to give readers more space to use large Arts folios and computers. All reader seats have been refurbished.
The original oak bookcases designed by Richardson have also been refurbished. A LCD screen has been installed to display a slideshow of information for users. Mechanical comfort cooling is now installed to improve environmental conditions in the reading rooms.
Disabled access has been improved by widening the entrance doors
to make them wheelchair-friendly.
Type of library
Crispin & Borst
Features and services
General, Heating, Ventilation
Access within building, Signage / guiding
Services and facilities suppliers
Electronic information displays, General, Laptop points, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 28