UCL Library Services Main Library Phase 1B 05

First floor plan as refurbished

UCL Library Services Main Library Phase 1B 04

New soft seating area

UCL Library Services Main Library Phase 1B 03

Refurbished Richardson desks with laptop points

UCL Library Services Main Library Phase 1B 02

View from mezzanine reader seats

UCL Library Services Main Library Phase 1B 01

First floor reading room



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.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Campus/site library


3627 m2





Building contractor

Crispin & Borst

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services


External features


Internal features


Energy efficiency

General, Heating, Ventilation

Accessibility provision

Access within building, Signage / guiding

Interior designer


Furniture suppliers

Forza, Taskworthy

Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

Electronic information displays, General, Laptop points, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 28

Seats/study places