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Library entrance

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CD wall

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Behind the CD wall

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Front of the library

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Sheet music storage by Ecospace

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Study areas

Description

Description

In 2017, Leeds College of Music (LCoM) completed work on its flagship Library, transforming a long unoccupied space into a purpose-designed facility which provides an exceptional learning and study environment for the conservatoire’s students and the Leeds City Region.

Situated in a narrow, curved building, the library provides a range of library services for music students. After entering through the entrance pod you turn left to access the CDs and DVDs in the ‘A-side’. Turning right into the ‘B-side’ you will find collections of books, musical scores and LPs, many of which were not visible in their previous home. Upstairs are a range of study spaces, and small rooms for group or silent work, as well as staff accommodation. The natural light coming through the floor-to-ceiling windows makes for a bright and sunny environment. RFID has been installed, OPACs were replaced with iPad Pros, and the number of charging points installed has future-proofed the library for some time.

Awards

Win - Yorkshire Property Industry Awards 2018 ‘Design Excellence Award’ for “new standards in design quality, build-ability, functionality, place, sustainability and aesthetics”

Shortlist – THELMA 2018 ‘Outstanding Estates Strategy’

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Campus/site library

Size

465 m2

Floors

2

Architect

Darntons B3

Building contractor

Triton

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Audiovisual/multimedia areas, Group study spaces, Specialist subject collections, Meeting rooms, Provision of special materials. Electric piano, Blu-ray / DVD facilities, Listening stations for CDs and LPs

External features

Building wraps around two sides of the bottom of a block of flats, and was intended as a restaurant. This shape presented challenges in the design. It has a fully glazed curved front.

An additional project was carried out to develop the public realm outside the library. A playful grassed public square was created, with new lighting, seating and planting. Also featured are a performance space and a broadcast point for our neighbours, BBC Leeds.

Internal features

The curved shape, while challenging, provides a unique library layout. There many pillars in the structure and these have been hidden into where possible and provide features elsewhere.

Energy efficiency

-

Accessibility provision

Flat entrance and lift between floors
Adjustable height desks

Interior designer

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Furniture suppliers

Furniture - WeSpace
Shelving – Forster Ecospace

Services and facilities suppliers

LMS: OCLC/OLIB

Discovery: EBSCO

IT provision

RFID, WiFi, charging points, 20 computer terminals.

Seats/study places

89

Stock

45,784