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Library completes £6.2m development project

Feb 09, 2018

Why not take a tour of Clifford Whitworth Library?
Why not take a tour of Clifford Whitworth Library?

The £6.2 million Library Development Project is now complete following the opening of the new ground floor.

Clifford Whitworth Library now has 250 more study spaces, 75 more PCs and ten more study rooms.

As well as adding more facilities, the uplift has transformed the look and feel of the Library providing comfy furniture, improved lighting and plenty of great views over the newly-developed campus. The design celebrated the library’s central position in the park by bringing the outside inside with deckchairs, green carpets and pavilions.

Alison Blackburn, University Registrar, toured the new Library just days after the project was completed.

She said: “I was so impressed by the new facilities.  Students now have far more space and a space that is truly theirs, they can move furniture around, write on whiteboards, book study rooms and study in any way they want.

“The design has really taken the different learning habits of our students in to account and I’m really happy with the final product, as I’m sure the students are.”

If, like Alison, you want to come on a tour of the library to see what we can do for you, please email and we’ll arrange one for you. The ground floor is a particularly fantastic space for reaching a wide audience of students.

On this tour you will visit the first floor which has five group study rooms, a mixture of furniture allowing for different types of learning and two multi-use PC and teaching rooms. The second floor provides eight individual study rooms, a dedicated postgraduate research suite, one silent room and two PC suites.

Help is on hand on every floor with staffed information points on the first and second floor, staff roving throughout the library and an enquiry desk on the ground floor. The Digital IT team can also be found on our enquiry desk during weekdays from 12-2PM.

Art from our students celebrating the connection between ourselves and Peel Park can also be found across the library. 

In the next few months we will be collecting feedback from students to evaluate the impact this investment has had on their experience.  We’re keen to learn whether the increased availability of equipment and study space is having a positive impact on their learning and retention.

As well as gathering this feedback, we will also be running a ‘Love Your Library’ campaign to ensure that the Library remains accessible and welcoming to all current and future visitors. Keep your eyes peeled.

The work to improve the Library was carried out over an 18 month period and we thank you for your patience.