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a summary of the features of phase I of the University of Aberdeen's new University Library.

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  • 1. From Stronghold to Threshold: a new Library for the University of Aberdeen16 June 2011
    Chris Banks
    University Librarian & Director
    Library, Special Collections and Museums
  • 2. “Good library buildings are success stories in which architects, librarians and planners work together to create happy endings that benefit users for decades”
    Librarian, City University, New York
  • 3. A flagship new library which will
    Provide a purpose-designed environment for 21st century learning and study
    Provide a Home for our precious special collections and archives
    Maximise the research potential of the collections
    Open up the collections to a much broader public
    The Sixth Century campaign: investment in infrastructure
    Project aims
  • 4. The best achievable study and research facilities for staff and students
    Proper discharge of our custodial responsibilities for our rare book and archival collections
    Opening up the collections to a wider public
    Transformation of the western side of the University
    Key Objectives
  • 5. Danish firm, schmidt hammer lassen (shl) won the international competition to design the building
    They have a strong record of designing libraries and other cultural buildings
  • 6. Flexible facilities for multiple audiences
    Flexible spaces for seminars
    Quiet and silent spaces
    Spaces for collaborative work
    Technology rich with wired and wireless facilities
    Public exhibition gallery
    Purpose-built education and learning facilities
    Spaces for academic, public and corporate seminars and events
  • 7. Opportunities
    Integration of library facilities in one building will facilitate integrated exploitation of the collections
    Inclusion of a dedicated exhibition space will facilitate:
    Interpretation of the collections
    Showcasing the University’s treasures (Library, Archive and Museum)
    Events for a broad range of audiences based around the collections and the exhibitions
  • 8. Transformation of space from this:
  • 9. To this:
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  • 14. The concept
  • 15. Emphasis on study space and activity
    Varied study spaces
    Public space
    A building of architectural merit
    Key Elements
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  • 19. Responding to feedback
  • 20. Power
    Students said we didn’t have enough.
    With the exception of a totally silent reading rooms on floors 4-6 we’ve powered up all desks!
  • 21. Students said there weren’t enough.
    There are now four times as many in the new University Library
  • 22. Finding Books
    The footprint of QML and the fact that book sequences were split resulted in much dissatisfaction amongst students
    We’ve integrated all the various scattered sequences of books into a single numerical sequence which runs from 0xx on floor 7 to 9xx on the third floor.
  • 23. we’ve had many comments about the difficulty of locating journals – they were scattered amongst the book collections
    In the new library all journals can be found on the second floor
    Using print journals
  • 24. Collaborative working
    Students said that there weren’t suitable facilities for this.
    We’ve created 16 Co-Labs on floors 3-6. In these spaces up to 7 students can work together on presentations and the spaces are fitted with computers and wall-mounted plasma screens to facilitate this.
  • 25. Students didn’t really like the fact that each book had to be opened up, and the barcode aligned to the red light – they found it fiddly and time consuming.
    No more! Now, simply take a pile of books to one of the new hi tech machines and issue them in a single go without any need to open them up individually.
    Self Issue
  • 26. Book Return
    Students have had 24 hour book return on their request list for a long time.
    It is coming soon – we will be installing a state of the art book returns system which will even include a book sorting machine! 
  • 27. Students said it wasn’t open long enough.
    The cafe is now opening at 08:15 and will remain open until 20:00 on most days
    Cafe Opening Hours
  • 28. Public space
  • 29. Public Space
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  • 33. Design
  • 34. The Atrium
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  • 41. Environmental considerations
  • 42. Sustainability
  • 43. Sustainability
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  • 45. Getting there
  • 46. Activities
  • 47. Cafe Scientifique
    Word Festival
    Sound Festival
    Composition prize
    Engagement with schools groups
    Exhibitions (currently only small exhibitions and dispersed across the campus)
    Building on the University’s existing cultural and science engagement strategies
  • 48. Macdonald’s principles 1
    Environmentally Suitable
    Safe and secure
    Suitable for information technology
    …. And ….
    1Macdonald, Andrew, “The Ten Commandments revisited: the qualities of good library space”, Liber Quarterly 16/2 (2006) -
  • 58. ….have “oomph”