Jointly conceived and operated by the University Library and the University's IT services, the Information Commons has become the principal library for undergraduates in the University Library system.
The brief emphasised the development of an integrated learning environment for students, highlighting flexibility, variety and accessibility of study places.
The building features a highly distinctive external form, clad principally in prepatinated copper and terracotta. It has a concrete frame, and uses the innovative Cobiax (Bubbledeck) semi-precast system for floor slabs.
Particular attention has been paid to acoustics and lighting. The IC includes a 200-seat silent study space, and features extensive natural lighting.
RFID technology is used for the bookstock, with automated book return sorting.
The building is available 24/7 to students and staff of the University of Sheffield. It is not open to members of the general public.
RIBA award 2008, RIBA White Rose Gold Prize for Architecture 2008, RIBA White Rose Building of the Year 2008, Construct Award for Innovation and Best Practice,, Connstruction Products Association Awards-Innovation Award, , Building Magazine Sustainability Award (Runner up), RIBA/Sheffield Civic Trust Sheffield Design Awards, Building of the Year, 2009
Type of library
RMJM London Ltd
BAM Construct UK Ltd
Features and services
Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Cafe/refreshment areas, Equipment provision, Group study spaces, Public address system, Teaching rooms
Design features, Structural
Broadstock Office Supplies
Services and facilities suppliers
Electronic information displays, Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 550