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Transforming Cardiff University's Libraries

The University Library has seen major developments in its services since the Library Review of 2005:

  • Significant increases in the purchase of electronic information resources, especially eBooks and e-only journal subscriptions
  • Increased online delivery of other key services - for example the 'Ask a Librarian Live' online enquiry service
  • The roll-out of self-service borrowing and return facilities across many of our Library sites
  • Major refurbishment of a number of Libraries to provide enhanced IT facilities, facilities for group and individual study and learning
  • A reduction in the number of Library sites from 18 to 14
  • Extended opening hours in many of our Libraries, including 24/7 opening in the Health Library in the Cochrane Building
  • The growth of the requirement for digital and information literacy skills for staff and students.

Our ambitions for the Library service are to be able to provide a seamless and streamlined service focusing on enhanced support for both students and staff.

A major element of this transformation is the proposed development of a new Library facility on the Cathays campus; consolidating the 11 sites into two or three larger facilities, providing both strategic and operational benefits.  

This would create a prestigious new learning and research environment; with the ability to enhance the University's profile and reputation, attracting the best students and world-class researchers. A multi-disciplinary learning and research environment would directly reflect the University's strategic goals around collaboration and inter-disciplinary research.

Staff and students would benefit from flexibly-designed, purpose-built spaces, encouraging a variety of learning styles alongside quiet study. The Library would also be able to offer longer opening hours across a smaller number of sites, benefiting from economies of scale.  

Examples of similar library developments include the following:

University of Sheffield Information Commons (built 2007)

Leicester University David Wilson Library (built 2009)

Aberdeen University Sir Duncan Rice Library (built 2012)

Manchester University Alan Gilbert Learning Commons (built 2012)

A Task and Finish Group, chaired by Professor Patricia Price, is currently reviewing the business case for a major new building project. We would like hear your views. Please contact us by email at library@cardiff.ac.uk if you have any comments.

 


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