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New-look first floor space opens as part of £6.2 million Library Development Project

Sep 26, 2017

Sabbatical Officers (l-r): Jon-Connor Lyons, Emily Voss Bevan, Kobby Ofori, Zamzam Ibrahim
Sabbatical Officers (l-r): Jon-Connor Lyons, Emily Voss Bevan, Kobby Ofori, Zamzam Ibrahim

The penultimate stage of the library’s £6.2 million development project has been delivered with the opening of a new-look space on the first floor.

Contractors have been working through the night to deliver the modern mixed-use space in time for the new term.

The new space adds five group study rooms fitted with TVs, whiteboards, projectors and charging stations to the library’s offering.

Library Development Project: First Floor Space

Additionally, there are two rooms that will have the twin purpose of acting as a teaching room for study skills and research skills training by the library team and as drop in PC suites when teaching is not taking place, as well as a large open space that blends books with PCs.

Zamzam Ibrahim, President of the Students’ Union, is delighted with the various learning opportunities that the library now provides.

She said: “It looks amazing. I can’t wait for you guys to come and check it out. There are loads of spaces for you to study in groups and individual study rooms upstairs. I’m really happy with the way everything has turned out and I think you’re going to love it too.”

The space is not built solely for study though as there are a number of comfortable seats, benches and diner booths for students to sit back and relax.

Sue Hoskins, Library Development Project Client Lead, is delighted that the new-look space has been delivered in time for the new term.

She said: “I’m really pleased that we’ve managed to complete this work in time for the start of term – it gives our students a fantastic new space, including five new group study rooms and technology rich study spaces which blend books, PCs and collaborative working zones.  We think our library users will love it.”

The Library Development Project, which will bring 250 additional study spaces, 75 additional PCs, eight new individual study rooms, nine group study rooms, improved lighting and much more, will complete with the opening of the refurbished ground floor early next year. You can see the work that is currently happening on the ground floor in the video below.