Hereford Library Users' Group

01/26/2012

Aberdeen University has a wonderful new library!

The new University Library is a 21st century space for learning and research. It houses the largest of the University’s modern collections on Floors 1-7 – including Arts, Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. The building is open to the wider public, as well as students and staff. A wide range of facilities are available including:

•a Gallery on the Ground Floor for exhibitions and displays (which all are welcome to visit)

•an Events Area for school visits, and lectures and presentations

•a Microform Room, Multimedia Room, Music Resources Room, the Teaching Resources Collection, Assistive Technology Booths and other facilities

•PCs on every floor

There are also more informal areas including The Hardback Café on the Ground Floor (which is open to all), and the ‘Break-out’ Room on Floor 7, where students can enjoy panoramic views of the city while reading, working on a laptop, or engaging in quiet conversation. There are over 1,200 study spaces: from traditional silent study rooms to interactive areas for collaborative projects, supported by information technology. The entire building has comprehensive wireless network coverage, and there are also sockets to plug in your own laptop throughout.

The building was designed by Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen. It received a rating of ‘excellent’ in the leading industry measurement of environmental standards, BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).

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