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Carol Vorderman opens Trevithick Library

26 March 2009

Janet Peters with Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman with Janet Peters, University Librarian, in the newly refurbished Trevithick Library.

The redesigned Trevithick Library has been declared officially open by Honorary Fellow Carol Vorderman.

At a special launch event held in the Library on 25 March 2009, speakers included Professor Malcolm Jones, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Estates, and Janet Peters, University Librarian. Carol Vorderman performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony and had the opportunity to tour the innovative new facilities.

Speaking at the event, Carol said: "It is fantastic to see investment in modern facilities which not only look stylish but are also practical and really cater for the needs of students and inspire research and learning."

As part of Information Services' Library Review, the Trevithick Library has been completely redesigned to enhance the student experience. Key elements of the new design include a research lounge, open study spaces, group study rooms, wireless and a modern 'computer bar'. To allow students total flexibility, self-service book issue and return units and an external 24 hour book return chute have also been installed.  Time saved on these basic library functions enables library staff to spend more time assisting users in making the most of the library's extensive print and electronic resources.

Janet Peters, University Librarian, said: "The study habits and needs of students are changing and Information Services is working to provide the modern, high-quality infrastructure required to meet those needs. The change in Trevithick impressively illustrates our vision for the libraries of the future."

The design was commissioned from architects based at the Design Research Unit Wales, part of the Welsh School of Architecture, who liaised closely with the University's Estates Division. The project also attracted sponsorship from several supporters, including The Wolfson Foundation, Corus, Mott MacDonald, ARUP, Renishaw, the South Wales Institute of Engineering and alumnus Captain Ken Nelson. The sponsorship has provided additional funding to create a corporate style within the Library.

The Trevithick Library, which caters for researchers and students from the Schools of Computer Science, Engineering, Physics & Astronomy and the Manufacturing Engineering Centre, is a flagship design for future library developments at the University. 

Read more about the Library Review