UCL Library Services Learning Laboratory Phase 1 03

View from Library entrance. Instead of the former cramped lobby, two sets of glazed double doors now invite users into the Learning Laboratory.

UCL Library Services Learning Laboratory Phase 1 02

New glazed wall between the entrance lobby and the Assistance & Enquiries Desk.

UCL Library Services Learning Laboratory Phase 1 01

Soft seating in the main space of the ground floor

UCL Library Services Learning Laboratory Phase 1 04

Group study cluster



The entrance lobby has been widened and improved with a new Membership Desk and a separate Security Office. New glass walls and doors give a clear perspective of the space for users entering the building.

Wheelchair users will benefit from a fully automated gate to access the library.

Three self-service 'Issue & Renew' kiosks and two automatic 'Book Returns' will be introduced. These will simplify book circulation, enabling users to issue books from the library, access their library account and return books.

To assist with library queries, a new Enquiry & Assistance desk has been installed in the former Science Issue Desk area.

The computer cluster on the ground floor, the largest at UCL, has been enhanced with 30 additional computers.

New soft seating in open plan space will allow users to read printed material, access online resources through their laptops or work in small groups. Up to 44 users can enjoy the soft seating clusters and group study area, enabled with RoamNet wireless network.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Campus/site library


3531 m2





Building contractor

Peak Contractors

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Group study spaces, Public address system

External features


Internal features

Design features, Health and safety provision, Security, Staff accommodation/facilities

Energy efficiency

General, Lighting

Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access within building, Emergency features, Equipment controls: location, Furniture height, Signage / guiding

Interior designer


Furniture suppliers

Forza, John Pulsford Associates (JPA)

Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

General, Internet access, Electronic information displays, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 188

Seats/study places