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Library and Study Space Developments

In May 2018, we launched a Campus Masterplan Digital survey, to gather feedback from our staff and students on likes, dislikes and suggestions for campus improvements.

One of the key aspects to come out of this survey was your thoughts on study spaces. In particular, 21% of our community (rising to 29% if we consider just students) mentioned a shortfall in the amount of study space.

The feedback on study spaces is now being reviewed via a range of streams of Masterplan work. One of these streams is work we are carrying out to develop a vision for the future Library at Warwick.

An outline brief is to be developed by the Library for its future virtual and physical environments, which will include a proposal on Size and Shape on its future physical environments which will feed into the Masterplan work.

Once agreed, a more in-depth study will take place to appraise potential built solutions which can meet the Brief for the Library. The physical redevelopment of the Library has been earmarked between years 6 to 10 in the Capital Plan, but future planning needs to start now to ensure that the nature and scale of this project is better defined and understood.

In addition to the development and planning for the future Library, a further programme of work is being undertaken to ensure the current Library provision is sustainable and the facilities are maintained appropriately and continues to support current students.

The Library is a truly multidisciplinary building. It serves the whole Campus and we wish to make sure that as many of you are consulted as possible. We believe that the Library should reflect the values, ambition and character of our institution.

What are we doing?

In term one, we plan to carry out the following:

  • We'll be gathering student feedback and input on the future of the library through our LibScape: An exploration of the future landscape of the library at the University of Warwick project, due to launch at the start of term. There will be a digital presence to engage students via a website and Twitter, and soft interviews will also be carried out with students in the second week of term on 9th, 10th and 11th October, at locations including the Library, the Oculus and the SU. A follow-up survey will then delve deeper into the ideas and suggestions raised in the soft interviews. Please look out for and contribute to this work. This will inform both the Library refurbishment as well as the Future Library proposals.
  • We are carrying out workshops with representatives from key areas across the University, including leads on Teaching, Learning and Research, Space Management, the Students' Union, Careers and Skills, Wellbeing, Estates and others. Attendees of the workshops will be asked to:
  1. Contribute towards a Vision Statement for the Future Library, by sharing and discussing key aspirations and objectives for the project;
  2. Consider the types of space which should form part of the Library’s Brief and contribute towards achieving the Vision Statement;
  3. And appraise alternative models for the Future Library, agreeing upon the model(s) of most relevance to Warwick, to be taken forward for future development.
  • We are carrying out desk-top reviews (and some visits) to other projects, including universities and public projects. We are capturing the Emerging Themes which we have witnessed in the design of Libraries and other buildings and developed other ideas which may be applicable to Warwick.
  • In the past decade or so, Libraries have undergone significant change. Historically, Libraries have been repositories, responsible for collecting, storing and maintaining resources, whilst making the resources available for access by their community. Huge developments in technology and pedagogical methods have had a large impact on the design of libraries, with Libraries becoming not only places to access resources, but a place for community, people and knowledge sharing.
  • What we don’t know is what developments may occur in the future which may alter the direction of travel for the design of libraries in H.E. We therefore need to be mindful that our brief (and subsequent proposals) need to form part of a framework which can accommodate change.