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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library university [University]
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution Aberdeen University Library / University of Aberdeen
3 Address Bedford Road, Aberdeen, AB24 3AA
4 Phone / Fax / Email (Tel: +44 (0)1224 273330

Fax: +44 (0)1224 273956

5 Name of the director of the library Mrs Chris Banks
6 Contact person for enquiries (Mrs Wendy Pirie)
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 7 424
8 Number of full time students 12 920
9 Number of part time students 2 832
10 Number of staff in institution 2 821
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area 7 772
12 Number of reader seats 766
13 Total capacity of shelving 24 000 linear metres
14 …in open access storage 24 000 linear metres
15 …in closed access stacks 0
16 Number of library staff 55 in QML and 11 in Special Collections
17 Opening hours to the public 92 hours per week, 353 days per year

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm schmidt, hammer, lassen,
19 Project Architect Stuart Hill
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project To co-locate our collections of historically significant books and archives with our modern collections in a new purpose-built 21st-century learning and research environment that is open to the wider public, as well as students and staff. To move out of two buildings that were no longer suitable, one built in the 1950’s, the other in the late 1960’s.
c special features
22 Site On the western perimeter of the main Old-Aberdeen campus: see
23 Architecture Rectangular plan: steel, concrete and glass construction: glass curtain walling: BREEAM excellent award: fully accessible.

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 14 800 m²
divided into
25 Open access services 6 564 m²
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual 167 m²
27 Computers
28 Special collections 216 m²
29 Seminar room(s) 398 m²
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space 350 m²
31 Lecture hall 0
32 Public refreshments 202 m²
33 Administration and staff areas 869 m²
34 Closed access stacks 1 295 m²
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc. 4 061 m²
36 Further information Nine levels in total: Special Collections Centre is on the Lower Ground Floor. The Ground Floor entrance level is open to the general public. The upper floors 1-7 contain the modern collections. Access to all collections is via a controlled entry point on the Ground Floor
37 Number of reader seats (total) 1 455
divided into
38 Audiovisual 8
39 Computers 201
40 Seminar room(s) 160
41 Regular 1086
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 23 702 linear metres
43 Open access stacks 13 078
44 Closed access stacks 10 500
45 Compact shelving 10 500 included in 44
46 Audiovisual materials 124
47 Other 0
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 72
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning All air system, using in-direct and direct adiabatic evaporation cooling, coupled with desicant wheel and thermal wheel recovery. Utilises the University CHP system.
50 Heating Supplied through University District Heating System
51 Lighting Class 4 system with Zumptobel controlled system
52 Acoustics Acoustic absorption to control reverberance in the library open areas, all of which are connected to a main central atrium. Acoustic absorption in other spaces such as offices, meeting rooms, classrooms and exhibition space.
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators Otis lifts: one goods lift and one passenger lift for library staff only: four public lifts, of which three are triplex glass
54 Book transportation system N/A (manual, trolleys)
55 Theft detection 3M detection system
56 Building management system Trend Controls
57 Type of IT infrastructure The New Library has both wired and wireless network connectivity. The wired network provides switched 1Gbps capacity to the desk, while the ubiquitous 802.11n wireless network provides effective bandwidth of up to 150 Mbps per connection.
58 Other 3M automated returns system

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief 2004-2005
60 Architectural competition 2005
61 Period of project 10.09.08-30.06.09
62 Opening of the construction work April 2009
63 Conclusion of the construction 2009-2012
64 Furnishing and moving the collections 5 August 2011-11 September 2011 (modern collections only: special collections moved in oct/nov 2011)
65 Opening of the new building for public 12 September 2011 (Official opening to take place in September 2012)

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site 0
67 Building £42,000,000 incl. VAT
68 Furniture and equipment £3,400,000 incl VAT
69 Fees £10,200,000 incl VAT
70 Total £58M incl VAT (includes landscaping and demolition of old library)
71 Operating costs
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding)

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