Redeveloping the Brynmor Jones Library

Brynmor Jones Library Highlights

The Brynmor Jones Library has transformed the experience of using a university library following its £28 million redevelopment. As well as its superb collections of printed and digital resources, and its excellent IT facilities, it offers great places to study and socialise, fantastic views of the campus and the city from the Observatory on the 7th floor, a wonderful art collection, and a chance to relax in the café on the ground floor.

Reading Room

The Reading Room, with its high windows and ceilings, is an inspiring space for silent study. It also houses the High Demand Collection, which contains most of the books on undergraduate reading lists. The lights in the Reading Room are exact reproductions of those that were here when the building first opened in 1959

Rare Books

The glass-walled Cube on the 7th floor houses the Library’s collection of rare books, some of which date back to the 15th century. The Cube has its own environmental controls. Our collections of archives and manuscripts can be found at the Hull History Centre in the city centre.


The Library Café is open for long hours throughout the week and at weekends. So whether you are visiting the art gallery, attending an event in the exhibition hall or studying in the Library, you can be sure of finding a relaxing space where you can enjoy hot and cold food, snacks, cakes and good barista coffee.

Welcome Desk

The Welcome Desk is at the heart of the ground floor of the Library. Come here if you need help finding your way or if you need information or advice.


The Observatory is a highly flexible learning space designed primarily for students working together in groups. It also offers stunning views of the campus, the city and the surrounding countryside. Come here to change the way you look at Hull.

Postgraduate Lounge

The Postgraduate Lounge is reserved for the University’s doctoral students. It provides a distinctive atmosphere in which they can pursue their research.

Exhibition Hall

The exhibition hall adjoins the art gallery and is home to temporary exhibitions and events which showcase the work of the University. Like the gallery, the exhibition hall is normally open to the public and exemplifies the University’s commitment to public engagement.

Art Gallery

The gallery provides a superb space in which to display the University’s outstanding collection of British art between 1890 and 1940. It features work by big name artists such as Stanley Spencer, Augustus John, Aubrey Beardsley, Walter Sickert, Ben Nicholson and Henry Moore. The gallery is open seven days a week between 10am and 5pm.

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