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Celebrations as work starts on University’s new £34million library

Work has officially started to create the University’s brand new purpose built library, which will act as a symbol of Roehampton’s commitment to providing the best possible learning resources and environment for all students.

Posted: 29 March 2016

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Students' Union President Siobhan Kelly and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul O'Prey officially launched the start of work to construct the University's new library building.

The £34million four storey building will be built in the heart of Digby Stuart College, in the centre of the campus. It is due to be completed in autumn 2017, meaning current first year students will be the first to use the state-of-the-art facilities.

Susan Scorey, the University’s Librarian, said: “I’m delighted work is now under way to build our brand new library for students and staff. It’s going to be a real success story, and it’s a symbol of the commitment the whole University has made to high standards of academic achievement and research.

“We’ve promised the best facilities and resources available to help students secure an excellent degree and give them the critical thinking skills which employers value. Opening a brand new library is the clearest possible way we can show we mean what we say.”

Features of the new library will include:

  • Around 1,060 study spaces, up from 760 in the existing library. 
  • Group study areas on the ground floor.
  • Individual silent study spaces on the fourth floor.
  • 24/7 opening hours during peak study times and until midnight during term time.
  • More of the University’s collection of 350,000 books and journals will be available.
  • A better and easier way to navigate the book collections because of the purpose built design.
  • New resources which are future-proofed for the rise in online studying. 

The whole complex will be bright, light, modern and designed specifically with the way Roehampton students learn and study in mind. Plenty of plug and USB charger sockets will be available for students with their own devices, and public computers will also be available.

People living in Roehampton and further afield will be welcomed to study in the library and use its books. Students from other universities in the UK and worldwide will be able to visit, furthering the University’s international approach to sharing knowledge.

The library will also allow greater scope for the use and display of some of the University’s special collections, such as the Froebel Archive, Richmal Compton Collection, The Centre for Marian Studies covering all matters regarding the Virgin Mary, the Queen's Archive, featuring material on governance within the Roman Catholic Church in the UK and the Jewish Resource Centre Collection.

The Library is being built by the University’s contractor Osborne. While construction takes place, the current Library will continue to operate as normal, including its 24/7 opening times during peak study periods.

Read more about the University's new library.

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