A ceremony attended by students and academics marked the occasion at Ruskin College. The stone was laid by Joe Callaghan, a student at the Oxford college and grandson of the man who gave his name to the library the building will contain – former Prime Minister James Callaghan, who led the country from 1975 until 1979.

The Callaghan Library is part of a £5m project to refurbish a Grade II listed academic building.