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Go-ahead to £27.5m library for University of Leeds

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  • by John Roberts
 

Leeds University is to build a new “world class” library at the cost of £27.5m.

The facility will open its doors in 2015 after the ambitious project was approved by planners.

Work on the four-storey development is set to begin in July, and the university hopes it will complement the iconic Parkinson Building.

The university’s librarian Stella Butler said the new facility would help students to study online, work in groups or in the traditional way from textbooks.

She said: “This will be a real landmark building for the university and it will signal our commitment to providing the best education for our students.

“We have always been good at providing a traditional library but this will include spaces that allow students to work collaboratively in groups and online.

“The new library will provide our students with a state-of-the-art, high-quality study environment.

“It will have attractive, flexible and varied spaces to accommodate different learning styles, and is designed to support group work through appropriate spaces and integrated technology, as well as providing a large number of seats for silent study.”

“University students and staff are tremendously excited about the new building and we are really looking forward to seeing it take shape,” she added.

“When complete, the Library will provide a world-class learning environment that befits a world-class university like Leeds.”

Along with around five kilometres of shelving for textbooks, the library will have 1,000 study spaces, WiFi, two training rooms, a new café, and more than 170 fixed computers.

It has been designed to complement its surroundings, with a Portland stone finish that echoes the Parkinson Building.

The building will have entrances on Woodhouse Lane and Hillary Place.

Professor Vivien Jones, Leeds University’s pro vice chancellor for student education, said: “This exciting investment in the new library is a measure of our commitment to provide an exceptional educational experience for our students. “Our library provision at Leeds is already among the very best in the country.

“This new development maintains that world-class tradition for the 21st century.”

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