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£20m Of Learning Chances In Coventry

Coventry University’s £20 million library is being hailed as a more than just an addition to the skyline as it prepares to open a new chapter on learning in the city.

It is the first time in the university’s history that so many learning resources have been brought together under one roof.

The building, which has a series of distinctive towers, will contain the largest concentration of computers on campus, with 350 networked machines. It will open next month in time for the new academic year.

University librarian Pat Noon said:

“This is a really exciting building, very light and spacious, creating an excellent learning environment.

“For the first time it will bring together a whole range of learning resources under one roof, creating a new focal point for students.”

The new library will bring together for the first time under one roof the collections from the nursing and midwifery, Art and Design and performing arts libraries, as well as the books and periodicals from the current Lanchester Library.

A new multimedia section will also be created bringing together the formerly separate video, CD and slide libraries, and there will also be a new Information Skills Suite.

Pat added:

"This facility, staffed by experts from the university's Library and Computing Services teams, will enable our students to get the very best from both the traditional and the electronic information environment.

"Over the last four years we have increased expenditure on our book stock, targeting the university's growth areas of study.

The new library will also contain a Waterstone’s bookshop, which will replace the current academic shop in Earl Street.

Staff face a race against time to get the books on the shelves as they have not had access to their new store.

There will also be a resources shop, providing printing, copying and photographic services, and a new catering outlet for students.

Pat added :

"This really focuses facilities for students in one state-of-the-art building, significantly enhancing the learning experience.

"This new library will not just be somewhere you come to pick up books, it will be a complete learning centre for our students."

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