Creating a library fit for the future
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14 June 2012
The Brynmor Jones Library is the academic heart of the
University of Hull’s city campus. It is to benefit from a
multi-million pound investment, creating a stunning new focal point
for students, staff, and visitors alike.
University is planning to dramatically improve and modernise the
Brynmor Jones Library.
< Library - proposed south elevation
Stunning architecture combined with state-of-the-art technology
and infrastructure will ensure that the library remains an
inspirational place to study and work, with flexible learning
spaces to accommodate the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s students.
The project will make the library a hub for community engagement on
campus, helping to support the strategic aspiration of the
University to be an anchor institution in its local
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Calie Pistorius, said: “The
University is committed to providing an outstanding student
experience and this major investment is proof of that commitment.
The plans will ensure that the Brynmor Jones Library not only
continues to be a vital place of academic study and research, but
is also a gateway into the University for the wider community.”
The library is home to a million books and a wealth of other
resources including periodicals, CDs, DVDs, videos and maps.
Library users can also access a huge range of digital material such
as electronic journals, electronic books, databases and datasets,
ensuring that they are connected to information from across the
As well as being at the geographical heart of the Hull campus
the Brynmor Jones Library also has a fascinating place in its
history - poet and former librarian Philip Larkin famously oversaw
its construction more than half a century ago.
Dr Richard Heseltine, University Librarian, said: “We have
consulted extensively with students and staff and the renewed
library will reflect advances in technology and learning practices.
The plans include more flexibility for teaching and study space,
allowing students to work in groups or privately, and improved IT
systems that will enable students to use devices such as laptops or
tablets anywhere in the building. The whole ground floor will be
open to the public, with a new space housing the University Art
Collection and hosting public exhibitions and events.”
The upper floors will also undergo a major reconfiguration,
including the creation of a viewing area on the top floor with
panoramic views across Hull and the East Riding, and a space where
schools and other groups can learn what the view tells us about the
geography and history of the area.
Work is expected to start in late summer and will take around 18
months to complete. The library will remain open throughout this
Alex Solk, Associate Partner from Sheppard Robson and
Architectural Lead on the project said: “The tremendous history of
the Brynmor Jones Library places a great responsibility on us as
designers to deliver a contemporary learning facility which also
respects the library's heritage and that of England's 14th oldest
university. Drawing on the latest research in design for higher
education, the new library will respond to the needs of students
and staff, as well as supporting the University's wider outreach
aspirations. We are enormously excited to be working with the
University of Hull on this project.”