Why is the Library such a popular place for students to come and study? Perhaps it is because a space between home and work fosters spontaneous encounters, critical conversations and new friendships forged in the blaze of relaxed industry. Ray Oldenburg suggested such spaces such as the Library are defined less by place, although it is still one of the largest and most diverse open access study spaces on campus, as the way studying in the Library encourages serendipity, finding unusual books, resources, chance encounters with others and engaging in unhindered interchanges that can open doors and take you in new directions.

The exciting Library refurbishment draws ever closer!  These latest visualisations are the work of students in the School of Architecture.  While the images give the best impression yet of the feel of the new ground floor, the types and colours of the furniture chosen may differ from that shown.