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a summary of the features of phase I of the University of Aberdeen's new University Library.

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  • 1. From Stronghold to Threshold: a new Library for the University of Aberdeen16 June 2011
    Chris Banks
    University Librarian & Director
    Library, Special Collections and Museums

2. Good library buildings are success stories in which architects, librarians and planners work together to create happy endings that benefit users for decades
Librarian, City University, New York
3. A flagship new library which will
Provide a purpose-designed environment for 21st century learning and study
Provide a Home for our precious special collections and archives
Maximise the research potential of the collections
Open up the collections to a much broader public
The Sixth Century campaign: investment in infrastructure
Project aims
4. The best achievable study and research facilities for staff and students
Proper discharge of our custodial responsibilities for our rare book and archival collections
Opening up the collections to a wider public
Transformation of the western side of the University
Key Objectives
5. Danish firm, schmidt hammer lassen (shl) won the international competition to design the building
They have a strong record of designing libraries and other cultural buildings
6. Flexible facilities for multiple audiences
Flexible spaces for seminars
Quietand silent spaces
Spaces for collaborative work
Technology rich with wired and wireless facilities
Public exhibition gallery
Purpose-built education and learning facilities
Spaces for academic, public and corporate seminars and events
7. Opportunities
Integration of library facilities in one building will facilitate integrated exploitation of the collections
Inclusion of a dedicated exhibition space will facilitate:
Interpretation of the collections
Showcasing the Universitys treasures (Library, Archive and Museum)
Events for a broad range of audiences based around the collections and the exhibitions
8. Transformation of space from this:
9. To this:
10. 11. 12. 13. 14. The concept
15. Emphasis on study space and activity
Varied study spaces
Public space
A building of architectural merit
Key Elements
16. 17. 18. 19. Responding to feedback
20. Power
Students said we didnt have enough.
With the exception of a totally silent reading rooms on floors 4-6 weve powered up all desks!
21. Students said there werent enough.
There are now four times as many in the new University Library
22. Finding Books
The footprint of QML and the fact that book sequences were split resulted in much dissatisfaction amongst students
Weve integrated all the various scattered sequences of books into a single numerical sequence which runs from 0xx on floor 7 to 9xx on the third floor.
23. weve had many comments about the difficulty of locating journals they were scattered amongst the book collections
In the new library all journals can be found on the second floor
Using print journals
24. Collaborative working
Students said that there werent suitable facilities for this.
Weve created 16 Co-Labs on floors 3-6. In these spaces up to 7 students can work together on presentations and the spaces are fitted with computers and wall-mounted plasma screens to facilitate this.
25. Students didnt really like the fact that each book had to be opened up, and the barcode aligned to the red light they found it fiddly and time consuming.
No more! Now, simply take a pile of books to one of the new hi tech machines and issue them in a single go without any need to open them up individually.
Self Issue
26. Book Return
Students have had 24 hour book return on theirrequest list for a long time.
It is coming soon we will be installing a state of the art book returns system which will even include a book sorting machine!
27. Students said it wasnt open long enough.
The cafe is now opening at 08:15 and will remain open until 20:00 on most days
Cafe Opening Hours
28. Public space
29. Public Space
30. 31. 32. 33. Design
34. The Atrium
35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. Environmental considerations
42. Sustainability
43. Sustainability
44. Sustainability
45. Getting there
46. Activities
47. Cafe Scientifique
Word Festival
Sound Festival
Composition prize
Engagement with schools groups
Exhibitions (currently only small exhibitions and dispersed across the campus)
Building on the Universitys existing cultural and science engagement strategies
48. Macdonalds principles 1
Environmentally Suitable
Safe and secure
Suitable for information technology
. And .

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49. Yes 50. Very 51. Yes 52. To come 53. Very 54. BREEAM Excellent 55. Yes 56. Very 57. Very1Macdonald, Andrew, The Ten Commandments revisited: the qualities of good library space, Liber Quarterly 16/2 (2006) -
58. .have oomph