Counting down to the opening of the new University Library

New University Library

Due to open in August 2016, excitement is building for the opening of the new £40 million library. The keys to the building have been handed over to the Library Services team and the transfer of books and resources into the library is now in full swing. The library will be home to more than 12 kilometres of open shelving, containing more than 40,000 books, and many more resources will be stored below ground in the specialist ‘research reserve’.

Current student, Shona Smith (Second Year, BSC Business Management with Communications), had a behind the scenes tour of the library and says: “I was lost for words when I first saw the library – it’s very impressive. I’m really looking forward to using the study spaces. There are plug sockets at every desk and it’s a much better space, it will help facilitate better learning.

“It’s so exciting to have these amazing brand new facilities; I will be one of the first people through the doors when it opens!” 

The library will provide outstanding facilities for students and researchers. Housing technology rich learning spaces, it is designed to meet modern day learning styles, as well as providing flexible spaces that can be adapted to meet future needs. Overlooking the centre of our beautiful campus, it will be a truly inspirational space to study.

As part of the next stage of the redevelopment of the University campus, the land surrounding the library will be transformed into a new ‘Green Heart’, opening up Chancellor's Court and fulfilling Sir Aston Webb’s original vision for the design of campus. To find out more about this exciting new project please visit

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to help make the completion of this remarkable new library possible. Keep an eye out for further news of the Library’s first term in use in due course.