- The Library

The Library Building

During 1995 and 1996 major building works took place on the Library site to extend and enhance the IT provision at the front of the Library.  At the same time the whole of the former building was refurbished.

The Library was opened formally by Dr Nick Park of Aardman Animations, at the Honorary Degree and Library Opening Ceremony Wednesday 30 October 1996.

The Structural Steel Design Award Scheme for 1997 chose the new Library for one of their top awards. This honour is only one of four given in the country. The judges thought that `an elegant conception solution had been worked out with technical innovation and flair'.

The University of Bath's Library, integrates the delivery of IT and information with the more traditional library services of books, reading and study space.

The University of Bath has a proud reputation of providing graduands with skills for the modern world of management and industry; its mission is to advance learning and knowledge by teaching and research, particularly in science and technology, in close association with industry and commerce. The Library is a manifestation of its commitment to this mission.

With over a thousand seats, including 450 computer workstations and wireless networking throughout, it was purpose designed for 24 hour opening. The University's 500,000 volumes of books and periodicals are provided within an environment conducive to the growth of self-directed learning and group work. The facility is intended to encourage learning and research whilst maintaining the social role of the library at the academic heart of the University.