UK: New flagship library planned for University of Bristol

Staff and students were involved in choosing the design.

Plans for a new £80m library form part the University’ strategy to remodel its existing Clifton campus and the creation of a new campus close to Bristol Temple Meads train station.

The new library will include exhibition spaces, reading rooms, catering facilities and a cultural collections centre to house the University’s world-class collections of historic books, archives and its Theatre Collection.

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, said:

"The new state-of-the-art library will be an integral part of the academic experience of so many of our students and staff – especially, but not exclusively, in the humanities and social sciences.

"We are excited to be working with architects who understand the importance of creating libraries which delight and inspire innovation and discovery. Although the design plans are in their infancy, it is our ambition to work in partnership with the design team to deliver a welcoming building with incredible natural light and views, a rich resource of texts and special collections, excellent digital infrastructure and technology, and a stimulating and nurturing learning environment."

Source: University of Bristol via Library Journal