Planning Committee member, Katie Kershaw, represented the Civic Society last month at the topping out ceremony of the University’s new library.

The new University main Library will provide outstanding facilities for a new generation of students and researchers. It will also be a cultural hub for the University and the city, with an exhibition and event space and cafeteria open to all on the ground floor which will provide improved opportunities for the local community to visit the University.

Overlooking the centre of the beautiful campus, the library will be an inspirational place to study, with study and research desks near to the windows, flooding the space with natural light and allowing students and staff to benefit from stunning views. Inside, careful attention has been paid to the efficient use of space, accessibility for all, and the 12km of open access shelving will be arranged in such a way as to be far more intuitive to navigate while a further 50kmof shelving will be located in the state-of-the-art research annexe, making research material more accessible to users.

The topping out of the library – a ceremony traditionally held on construction sites to mark the building reaching its highest point.