The New Library Building Plans
The College aims to build a high quality, durable and environmentally sustainable new library building with an Archive Centre and an Art Gallery that will significantly enhance the College estate.
The library accommodation is organised around 3 main reading rooms, each of different character and spatial form. One of these rooms is placed on each level of the Library and occupies the central bays of each of the three north-south structural bays of the building. The ground floor room is located at the Library’s entrance. The first floor room occupies the centre of the plan and the second floor room occupies the long elevation of the building overlooking the Fellows’ Garden. The ground and first floor rooms sit below voids within the upper floors. They form a spatial sequence that links together the three floors of the Library and provides points of reference that aid navigation through the building. This spatial sequence is traversed by the main stair. Together the three spaces and the stair define the spatial and functional arrangement of the Library that allows other facilities (smaller and enclosed reading rooms, book stacks and ancillary spaces) to be arranged in a logical manner.
Size of the development
The size of the development can be summarised as follows:
- Library - 948m2
- Archive - 212m2
- Social Area - 92m2
- Gallery - 172m2
- Ancillary accommodation - 56m2
- Circulation, partitions and plant - 318m2
The Ground Floor Plan
The ground floor contains an entrance lobby, part of the library accommodation including the Librarians’ Office and Help Desk, the Art Gallery, the Archive Centre and a Social Area as well as plant rooms.
First and Second Floors
The upper 2 floors contain library accommodation only. This accommodation comprises a series of reading rooms of varying levels of enclosure and linked by book-lined circulation routes. WC facilities and copy rooms are provided on each of the upper floors. As the upper floors contain only library accommodation, the principal vertical circulation (lift and main stair) serves only the Library and is fully contained within it. This enables the library to have a single, secure point of entry at ground level and allows books and other media to be moved between levels in the library without passing outside its secure boundary.
First Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan
On the second floor, the bays will look out over the Fellows' Garden. There will be seminar rooms for teaching and group study.