Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project
||University Libraries continue to operate in a hybrid environment of traditional and digital resources. Electronic services are developing which are accessible throughout the campus network, complimented by services pertinent to student needs at each campus. The provision of a rich and varied programme of information skills, delivered by librarians in innovative and flexibly designed learning spaces, supports the development of independent learners through a greater understanding of the full range of traditional and electronic resources available. Equally they provide an important function as locations where essential learning services and support for students are brought together. The University Library centred at the heart of this new development will continue to develop this theme and will need to provide a wide range of learning spaces, which are conducive to study and which cater for multiple learning styles, for individual and group learning, and for silent and noisy study. Learning spaces that focus on resource based learning with easy access to physical and electronic stock, coupled with expert advice and guidance, will be essential to ensure that all resources are effectively used.
The New University Library will be multi-functional, flexible and open plan, delivering the full range of library services. It will concentrate on the putting the student at the centre of service delivery, “student focused”, rather than on storage and resource management. On each floor there will be physical resources, on open shelves and compact shelving, and a wide range of facilities for studying, browsing and borrowing, as well as for relaxing and socialising.