25% more shelving space.

Dedicated, high quality, research-facing facilities for library users with research-orientated collections close by in the Research Commons.

Nearly double the original seating provision during peak use seasons with over 75% of seats provided with mains power and hard-wired network sockets.

A completely refurbished study environment conducive to the broad spectrum of user requirements.

Double the original PC provision and pervasive wifi throughout.

120 Group study seats in four, 30 seat rooms.

90 Silent study seats in three, 30 seat rooms.

Over 100 social spaces.

Dedicated multimedia facilities.

Dedicated short loan.

Express collection area.

Four accessible study rooms.

Intuitive and consistent layout and single sequence bookstock in Dewey classification order.

Library staff concentrated in a single, open-plan office with public access for enquiries.

Support for roving library staff on each floor.

24/7 reception and assistance desk.

Automated book drop inside and outside the library and self-issue facilities on each floor.

Additional automated entrance and exit.


2013 RIBA National Awards., Winner of the Higher Education and Research Category at the 2013 World Architecture Festival., Highly Commended SCONUL Library design awards 2013.

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Multi-purpose building


6732 m2





Building contractor

Mc Alpine

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Equipment provision, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Meeting rooms, Open learning provision, Public address system, Services to particular groups, Sound and image processing facilities, Specialist subject collections, Teaching rooms

External features

Shared site, Shared building, Building shape, Materials, Materials

Internal features

Design features, Structural

Energy efficiency

Control mechanisms, Energy conservation, Heating, Lighting, Ventilation, Water use

Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Critical distances, Emergency features, Furniture height, Parking, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

Wilkinson Eyre

Furniture suppliers

Broadstock Office Supplies, Bruynzeel

Services and facilities suppliers

3M, 2CQR

IT provision

Electronic information displays, Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 105

Seats/study places