Published: 10 December 2014

Harold Cohen refurbishment now complete

The Harold Cohen Library has fully reopened following a £2.6 million refurbishment.

The new and improved library includes a revamped reception area, an additional 220 study spaces, more power sockets, increased social seating space, as well as a postgraduate study room and eight new bookable group study rooms.

Additional facilities include two ‘Team Mates’, high-tech tables which can double up as interactive whiteboards, in the LearnHigher Room on the ground floor which have been funded through alumni donations to the Benefactors’ Fund.

Phil Sykes, University Librarian, said: “The results of the National Student Survey told us that students were highly critical of the lack of space and available computers in the Harold Cohen. This project has allowed us to increase study space in the library by about 25%. It’s also allowed us to ‘zone’ the building so that quiet and silent study areas are well away from the areas for social and group learning.

“One of the things I like about this project is that the third and fourth floors were, when Stanley Baldwin opened the Cohen in 1938, just backroom storage and it is now a great public study space, with plenty of natural light.

“We hope our students are as delighted with it as we are.”

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4 thoughts on “Harold Cohen refurbishment now complete

    1. Lucinda Naylor

      There are still three contractors in the library who are completing minor snags at the end of the build. Additional work will also be carried out over the Christmas break and, although this will be away from study areas, some noise may carry.

      If you are being disturbed by anyone making too much noise or disruption in the library, please bring it to the attention of library staff on the helpdesk who will take action to resolve the issue.

    1. Andy Finn

      Maybe people don’t like it? I don’t like the new entry/exit system, it always rejects my card! 🙁

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