Technical Information

a floor area (24-35)
24 Total gross floor area 6278 sq. metres
divided into
25 Open access services 4049 sq. metres
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual
27 Computers There are PCs for group and individual use, but these are counted with in the reading spaces.
28 Special collections These are housed in the University's Brotherton Library
29 Seminar room(s) 443 sq. metres [This includes 4 teaching / seminar rooms and 8 group study rooms.]
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space There are digital display screens in the circulation spaces and a media wall at the entrance.
31 Lecture hall
32 Public refreshments 140 sq. metres
33 Administration and staff areas 485 sq. metres
34 Closed access stacks
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc. 1161 sq. metres
36 Further information The building has 5 levels. The lower ground floor is for staff accomodation. Ground to 3rd floor are open to library users.
37 Number of reader seats (total) 946
divided into
38 Audiovisual 2 [Video/dvd players]
39 Computers 195 [For use by library users. In addition there are 24 loanable laptops.]
40 Seminar room(s) There are 4 teaching rooms, and also 8 bookable group study rooms.
41 Regular 351 [351 quiet study spaces, 162 teaching room spaces, 290 group work spaces, 143 social learning and café spaces.]
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 5000 linear metres [The Laidlaw Library contains the core text and high demand collections, which comprise items on student reading lists.]
43 Open access stacks 5000 linear metres
44 Closed access stacks
45 Compact shelving
46 Audiovisual materials 280 linear metres
47 Other
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 24 [Includes security staff, shelvers, customer services assistants and managers across all opening hours. Not included are cleaning or café staff.]
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning Variable air volume mechanical ventilation, delivered via raised access floor. Passive ventilation not viable due to adjacent traffic.
50 Heating Primary heating plant takes advantage of the new incoming steam and condensate supply which serves the University.
51 Lighting Low energy high efficiency T5 linear fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent lamps and LED light sources.
52 Acoustics Building has a sealed envelope & revolving doors to insulate against external noise. Acoustic baffles are suspended throughout
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators 2 lifts for library users, 1 staff lift, 1 entrance lift for disabled users. The lifts are supplied by Otis.
54 Book transportation system 3M 7 bin booksorter, trolleys used in buildings, van service operates between the libraries.
55 Theft detection 3M magnetic tape system in use.
56 Building management system Trend IQ4 provides control, alarm detection, scheduling, reporting and information management for the connected building services, plant and systems.
57 Type of IT infrastructure Cat 6a cabling, 1GB to desktop and 20GB capacity to building, 80 MBs AC wireless throughout.
58 Other