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Library development enhances Aston University student experience

The Vice Chancellor cuts the ribbon at official opening of the redeveloped Library

Aston has further improved learning facilities at the University with the expansion and re-development of the Basil Spence designed University Library.

The remodelled Library, with its iconic glass façade and bright interior, was officially opened on Tuesday 2 November by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Julia King.

Julia said: “The experience our students have is of paramount importance. The new library facilities turn this handsome building from a fortress for books to a bright space for sharing knowledge, reflecting the learning styles of today’s students. The library project is another important milestone in the development of our campus, and a clear demonstration of our commitment to our students.”

The ground floor of the Library is now a dedicated social study space, ideal for group work. The seating caters for groups of different sizes and includes flexible meeting ‘pods’, and a new café area has been added, offering students a  great environment in which to work together comfortably and productively on projects.

In line with Aston’s sustainability policy, and commitment to 10:10 (to reduce emissions by 10% in 2010), the development delivers a significant improvement in environmental performance. The North-facing glass façade allows in more natural light and the thermal performance has been improved through cavity wall insulation and an upgrade of materials used in the building. The Library is now linked to Aston’s highly efficient Combined Heat and Power Plant.

Words by Alex Earnshaw

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