Roehampton's new £35m Library coming in 2017

We are investing £35million in a new world-class Library based at the heart of our campus.

Posted: 7 December 2016

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The five-storey building will house 1,200 brand new study spaces and hundreds of thousands of books and research materials across nearly 8,000 metres of shelving. It will have electronic versions of text books, laptops available on loan, online journals and databases, a school-experience library, as well as an extensive children's literature collection – plus our Garden Café, overlooking a newly landscaped Digby Stuart College campus.

Most significantly for students, more seating and study space will be available than is usual within academic libraries, with a study space for every eight students (compared with a national average of 1 to 10). There will also be dedicated group-study areas with PCs for presentation practice and power points at every desk, plus Wi-Fi throughout.

Overlooking London, students will be also able to take advantage of the views from the top floor of the Library which features Wembley Stadium, the London Eye and Canary Warf.

University Librarian, Susan Scorey explains the thought behind the new design and what students can expect: "Libraries are no longer just about borrowing books, it's about finding a space to study that meets different learning styles and having multiple resources, online and printed available at your fingertips. The idea is to create an academic library which is aspirational and motivating, with plenty of space and natural light that is at the heart of our campus.

"Everyone studies in their own way, and the aim is to accommodate these individual needs; there'll be group areas in the lower floors and as you move up through the building there'll be quieter areas for individual study.

"Students have been inspirational in telling us what they need and have been part of the design team since the new Library project started four years ago. We're expecting the footfall to increase significantly when the doors open next year as students look to study in a calm and inviting atmosphere".

Alumni, friends and supporters of the University have contributed almost £900,000 towards the cost of the project, as part of an overall fundraising target of £1 million. We are now launching naming opportunities for the new building, to recognise those who donate to the project. More details of this are available on our fundraising pages.

Studying with us in 2017? Find out more about the Library here.

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