University of Birmingham Library Concept Sketch

University Library Makes Design Award Shortlist

The Main Campus Library at the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston Campus has made the final 4 in the 2019 SCONUL Awards.

The, prestigious, SCONUL Library Design Awards showcase and celebrate the very best in recent academic library design in the UK and Ireland.

The 2019 awards received fifteen high calibre submissions and the judging panel found the decision making and short listing process hard.  After careful consideration the judges announced that the Associated Architects-designed Library had been short listed for the awards.

The winners will be unveiled at the Library Design Awards event on Tuesday 26th November 2019 at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. You can see details of all the finalists here

The University of Birmingham Library splits 17,000 sq.m of floor space over six levels. A series of lightwells run throughout, utilising optimum daylight, whilst automatic blinds respond accordingly to provide solar shading. Half of the ground floor atrium is dedicated to open access facilities, with the remainder populated by I.T facilities.

A variety of learning spaces cater to users differing needs. Video editing booths, wireless mobile charging facilities and media rooms sit alongside 62km of shelving filled with thousands of books from the University’s important collections. A below-ground reserve store houses over 1.5 million items, allowing users to access materials from a single location, with staff on hand to enable research.

You can see our short video on the building on our YouTube channel

 

 

 

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