Reporter 402, 19 May 1997

£3m project opens door to learning

More than 150 workstations and over 500 reader places have been added to the University's facilities with the completion of the Edward Boyle Library extension. The Library, opened in 1975, was designed with a view to future extension and the £3.28m project had a quarter of its cost met by HEFCE.

The extension was designed to have a distinctive appearance with a sloping roof, brickwork and cladding to contrast with the all-concrete design of the original building. Work began in February 1996. During the construction, the Wolfson Foundation made a grant of £50,000 for the provision of a technology resource centre equipped with PCs and a reference area. All six floors have been extended at the south end of the library. Levels 10 and 11 hold a self-contained Learning Centre of 160 workstations, with a further 65 to be added. It will be run by UCS staff.

The other levels include extra shelf space, a large seminar room and individual studies for private research. In all the extension will provide 3,000 square metres of space. An official opening is planned for September.

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