The new Library at the Ealing site is part of UWL’s £50 million investment in student services. Students also now have access to the latest PCs, Apple Macs and PC training labs, and extensive spaces for individual study, research, and group work.
Student consultation has been at the heart of the planning process. Tim Wales, Director of Library Services said: ‘It was really important that we got the students’ input. This gave us some really interesting ideas that we were able to incorporate into the plans.’
A variety of study spaces have been introduced as a result. This includes a quiet study floor with carrels for individual study, and areas designed for groups of students to work together side-by-side, including presentation facilities.
To help students make use of the facilities, there is a striking helpdesk at the main entrance, and a new interactive 3D floor plan is available allowing students to quickly locate specific subjects and collections.
From 21 September, the Paul Hamlyn Library will also have term-time 24/7 opening hours for the first time. This was implemented in response to student feedback and, it is hoped, will benefit part-time students in particular.
New technology means that it is now much faster and more convenient for students to borrow and return books. Self-service kiosks allow students to return an entire pile of books at once, and a new automated book sorter means that students can return books anytime, day or night.
The Library has been named after the University’s former Chancellor, entrepreneurial publisher and philanthropist Paul Hamlyn (1926-2001).