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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library university
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution Robert Gordon’s University Library / Robert Gordon University
3 Address Riverside East, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, United Kingdom. AB10 7GJ
4 Phone / Fax / Email 01224 263470
01224 263460
5 Name of the director of the library Michelle Anderson
6 Contact person for enquiries Margaret Buchan
01224 263470
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 15281
8 Number of full time students 8880
9 Number of part time students 3815
10 Number of staff in institution 1470
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area 3916 sq. metres
12 Number of reader seats 721
13 Total capacity of shelving 6089 linear metres
14 …in open access storage 5303 linear metres
15 …in closed access stacks 786 linear metres
16 Number of library staff 36
17 Opening hours to the public 262 hours per week (2 Libraries)

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm BDP Building Design Partnership Limited
19 Project Architect Scott Mackenzie
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project The new Library was constructed as a part of the Robert Gordon University's Riverside East Project which brought the remaining three city centre schools - Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Engineering, Computing Science and Digital Media.
All academic teaching at the University is now concentrated on the Garthdee site.
c special features
22 Site The Library tower is at the heart of the University’s riverside campus in south of Aberdeen. Sited at the entrance of the new building it has spectacular views over Aberdeen
23 Architecture The Library is housed in a circular tower within the Riverside East building on the Robert Gordon University's Garthdee campus. The Library entrance is on level 5 of the tower and rises to level 9. It is constructed of poured reinforced concrete slabs. The are two lifts within the Library which give access to all floors. The building grid separation is 6 metres and the tower consists of slab to slab windows.

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 3529 sq. metres
divided into
25 Open access services 3025 sq. metres
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual
27 Computers
28 Special collections
29 Seminar room(s) 41 sq. metres
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space None in the new Library
31 Lecture hall None in the new Library
32 Public refreshments None in the new Library
33 Administration and staff areas 228 sq. metres
34 Closed access stacks 197 sq. metres
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc. 1500 sq. metres
36 Further information All 5 levels are open to the public except the staff area on level 5. A locked store is situated on level 2.
37 Number of reader seats (total) 357
divided into
38 Audiovisual
39 Computers 192
40 Seminar room(s) 20
41 Regular 165
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 7133 linear metres
43 Open access stacks 5722 linear metres
44 Closed access stacks 1589 linear metres
45 Compact shelving 4470 linear metres [Included in 44 and 45]
46 Audiovisual materials Not shelved separately
47 Other
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 35
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning The building allows for natural ventilation but has also been designed with mechanical ventilation to keep the building temperature constant.
50 Heating The building has thermal insulation to reduce the heat loss, heat pumps preheat the building heating system.
51 Lighting The building uses natural light during the day with the benefit of shading from the building.
52 Acoustics
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators There are two lifts in the Library.
54 Book transportation system
55 Theft detection There are security gates at the entrance of the Library on level 5.
56 Building management system
57 Type of IT infrastructure
58 Other

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief Planning approval was awarded on 10 August 2010
60 Architectural competition BDP were appointed to the project in December 2009
61 Period of project 96 weeks
62 Opening of the construction work 27 April 2012
63 Conclusion of the construction 1 May 2013
64 Furnishing and moving the collections
65 Opening of the new building for public 29 May 2013

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site
67 Building
68 Furniture and equipment
69 Fees
70 Total
71 Operating costs
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding)

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