Hull University unveils Brynmor Jones library designs
THIS is how the University of Hull's redeveloped library will look.
The £27.4m Brynmor Jones library redevelopment is the biggest capital project in the university's history.
The building will transform the academic heart of the Cottingham Road campus once complete and provide an inspirational place to study, work and meet.
Visuals of how the finished library will look have now been released, showing major changes inside and out.
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There will be the creation of a reading room, which connects the building's past and future, and a fully open-plan ground floor with a new gallery and exhibition space.
There will also be an architecturally striking atrium link, redesigned study areas and a revamped exterior.
Professor Calie Pistorius, vice-chancellor of the university, said: "It has taken a lot of hard work to reach this stage and it is wonderful to be able to give a first glimpse of what the library will look like once finished.
"Once the redevelopment is complete, we will have a state-of-the-art facility that we believe our students and staff will be proud of, and prospective students will look forward to using."
The library redevelopment is the result of years of work.
Hull University Union has been at the forefront of the campaign.
Victoria Winterton, vice-president for education at the union, said: "I'm proud that a campaign run by the union has led to a redevelopment that I believe will have a transformative impact, not only on the university campus but also on the experience of students studying in Hull."
It is expected the revamped library will be open next year.
Dr Richard Heseltine, university librarian, said: "The Brynmor Jones Library has a remarkable history, from its links with Philip Larkin to being at the heart of Hull's 21st-century student experience.
"We have worked closely with students, staff and other stakeholders to design a modern, flexible, technology- enabled library that meets the needs of all its users and will also act as a gateway to the university for the wider community, particularly through the new gallery and exhibition space.
"The library will remain open throughout the project, during the course of which we will be moving almost one million books and other items, sometimes two or three times.
"It is a massive undertaking, and the result will be a striking demonstration of the university's confidence in the future."
• Picture gallery How the University of Hull's new Brynmor Jones Library will look