Main Library University of Birmingham building architecture design exterior view
Library Details
Basic Information
Type
University library
Year of opening
2016
Total Cost
67,000,000 EUR
Location/Address
University / Institution
University of Birmingham
Address
Main Library
West Midlands
B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom
Project Story
Main Motications and Objectives

Our goal in building our new library was to support our exceptional and ambitious students to become independent problem solvers and natural leaders; the new Library was envisioned as modern research led academic library underpinned by “best in class” service.

Characteristics/Description

A mix of structured surveys, alongside digital and physical ethnography identified what students require, namely:
• A building that is welcoming, bright, modern, light and full of open spaces
• Excellent WIFI connectivity
• Improved book lending services
• Enhanced accessibility
• Ease of navigation
The new library has facilitated service transformation in line with Library strategy as our focus moves from:
• Physical to Virtual
• Undergraduate to Research
• Print to Digital
• Narrow to Broad
• Transactional to Value Added
The new library has enabled us to re-invent learning enhancement and research support activity, content management workflows and frontline service delivery. It provides us with a digital and physical model for library development for the future, regardless of location. Key features include:
• Dedicated Research Support team
• Dedicated researcher space
• Exhibition space to promote collections and University research outputs
• Dedicated maths support zone co-located with an academic support centre
• Full self-service functionality to support our expanding 24/7 offer
• Dynamic lending, to negate unnecessary transactional activity

Publications
Awards
New Project Data
Type
New building
Competition
Yes / 2011
Architect/s

Total Floor Area
17,061 m2
Floor Area Open to Public
Shelving Capacity Open Stacks
13,129 linear meters
Shelving Capacity Closed Stacks
49,657 linear meters
Number of Staff
120 FTE
Total Seating Capacity
1,818
Group Study Rooms
14
Individual Study Rooms
4

Opening
24/7
Additional Features
Special Rooms

2 silent study rooms
2 rooms for researchers, catering for 76 researchers with lockers, social space and hot drinks vending
Media Room (audio listening, video watching and editing facilities) catering for 44 students
4 training rooms
6 1 to 1 appointment rooms
Cafe with 122 seats

Special Features

Solar Control System East/South/West Facades
Active Façade Shading
BREEAM EXCELLENT & EPC A Rating
Very High U-Values (Derived from IES Thermal Model)
High Acoustic Performance
Automated Book Sortation System (RFID)

Additional Comments