Ground level wireless lounge
The Murray Library was originally opened in 1977 and extended in 1996. From 1995 we were investing heavily in self-services and in 2002 launched 24/7 library opening. At the outset of this latest phase of refurbishment our brief to the architects was to update our learning spaces to reflect the changing needs and patterns of contemporary study.
The first phase of the transformation began in 2007 with the creation of a very popular social learning space on the Ground Level of the library and the launch of the library café.
The refurbishment of the library lecture theatre followed a year later. In 2010, Phase 2 saw the successful creation of a diverse range of flexible learning spaces on the Lower Ground Level.
The final phase of the refurbishment was completed in September 2011 with the remodelling of the Upper Level. This phase also saw the addition of a feature window at the front-elevation, which for the first time made our exciting internal spaces visible from the heart of the campus and main thoroughfare into the City.
Specific features of The Murray Library now include:
- social learning spaces and a comfortable wireless lounge
- remodelled IT and laptop spaces facilitating group and quiet study
- creative and immersive technology zones
- study lounges to incorporate quiet learning and the dedicated use of slide and audio collections
- a silent, technology free, reading room
- improved way-finding and signage with introduction of information points and interactive kiosks
- the creation of bookable meeting and study areas
- a popular café
- improved lighting, ventilation, wireless connectivity and access to power sources
- remodelled staff areas
Customers have responded very positively to the refurbishment of their new library spaces and their feedback has been instrumental in the further enhancement of our services to meet their diverse needs.
Kay Grieves is Quality & Marketing Manager, University Library Services Sunderland.