News from University of Sussex

This has been an extremely productive and exciting time for the University of Sussex Library as we prepare for major changes over the next 18 months:

Library refurbishment

Following the award of a HEFCE grant for a major refurbishment of the Library at Sussex, the planning process is now in full swing. The architects, Woods Bagot, were appointed in January 2009 and are working closely with Library staff, English Heritage and other stake holders to develop a design that is both modern in terms of functionality, whilst remaining sympathetic to the original vision of the architect, Sir Basil Spence. The key objectives of the project are to:

  • Provide flexible, accessible, technology rich learning space
  • Implement RFID, including an automated book sorter, to facilitate all loan transactions
  • Zone study areas to provide social, group, individual and silent learning spaces
  • Provide a graduate study area
  • Provide open access compact shelving
  • Co-locate careers within the Library building
  • Provide an upgraded caf