To provide a single Information Services building bringing together all of the services provided to users in the areas of Library, Computing, Media Services and Language Centre. To provide a world class, technology-rich, building in place of the increasingly inadequate space provided in the former Main and Science Libraries.
Central location on the main University campus.
”Bent bar” shape incorporating brick and sandstone exterior finishes with large areas of glass. Disabled access and energy efficient, sustainable design were essential requirements.
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New Project Data
RPP Architects -Shepley Bulfinch -
Total Floor Area20,574 m2Floor Area Open to PublicShelving Capacity Open Stacks38,000 linear metersShelving Capacity Closed Stacks8,000 linear metersNumber of Staff118 FTETotal Seating Capacity2,755Group Study Rooms21Individual Study Rooms