Posted: 29 March 2016
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:
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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