Trevithick Library, Cardiff University, is undergoing a major refurbishment during 2008.
Created by TrevLiby on 28/07/2008
Last updated: 11/03/10 at 03:39
View from the study area over to the group study rooms
South Wales Institute of Engineers have very generously sponsored the journals lounge in the new Library and, in doing so, helped us to refit the facilities to the highest quality standards.
Renishaw have very generously sponsored the third group study room in the new Library and, in doing so, helped us to refit the facilities to the highest quality standards.
We've been working with a local company, Momentum, to source the furniture for this project. The order for the desking has been authorised today. The main desking is white with glass dividing panels. There'll also be task lighting on the desks and integrated power so students can use their laptops more easily. The old library had very few power sockets so this had been a problem.
The group study rooms now have their glass walls. We'll be adding images from our sponsors to the glass for colour and interest. In the non sponsored areas we'll be adding images to reflect the work of the Schools.
The ceilings have now been plaster boarded. Look at the entry for the 15th May and compare the impression of this area with today's photo - you can begin to see that this area is beginning to look as the architect intended!
Mott MacDonald have very generously sponsored the second group study room in the new Library and, in doing so, helped us to refit the facilities to the highest quality standards.
The framework for the group study rooms is now in place and so we can begin to appreciate how the main part of the library will be zoned. The rooms feel quite generous in size which is helped by the high ceilings. These rooms are going to be very popular!
Corus are a major partner of Cardiff University, having very recently opened the Corus Centre of Excellence in our School of Engineering. Corus have very generously sponsored these two areas of the new Library and, in doing so, helped us to refit the facilities to the highest quality standards.
View looking down the length of the library. Ceilings are down and columns for power to the new study area are being created.
Captain Ken Nelson is an alumnus of the School of Engineering. He has very generously sponsored this area of the new Library and, in doing so, helped us to refit the facilities to the highest quality standards.
We've managed to fit just under 800 metres of bookstock into the temporary space. The School of Computer Science have also let the Library have the use of some office space close by to house all the post 2004 journals, dissertations and reference collection. It's amazing what you can fit into a small space when you have to.
A last look at Trevithick Library before the contractors move in the next day. It took a lot of hard work to clear the space in a week but we just made it!
Trevithick Library closed from 2-9 June whilst the removal firm moved the books and shelves to our temporary home in Trevithick Seminar Rooms 1 & 2.
Previously Trevithick Library had two separate collections comprising a short loan collection, ie books on reading lists, and a wider two week loan collection to support research. The layouts of the both the temporary library and the new library both demand a single collection so we made the decision to merge the collection prior to the move. This involved yet more shifting to fit all the collection in one space but it did just about fit once we took all the conference proceedings to one of our external stores. We were then left with just an expanse of shelves in the Short Loan area.
Amanda Heal, our architect for the project, created this impression of what the new group study rooms will look like.
We moved all pre 2004 journals to one of our external Stores during the Easter vacation rather than later in the project. It also meant enough empty shelves would be cleared for the removal company to dismantle and reassemble shelves in the temporary library without having to pack journals first.
The University Library Service's bid was one of only five to receive the full amount requested out of nineteen applications received by the Wolfson Foundation. Funding of £268K has been secured, with the remaining costs to be met by the University.
The full application to the Wolfson Foundation included a feasibility study conducted by the Design Research Unit (Welsh School of Architecture). A model was created to show the proposed layout of the new library.
The brief to DRU included improving environmental conditions, such as ventilation and lighting, and also improvements to study conditions through zoning and provision of more group study areas. The design includes imaginative use of materials, such as glass, which will make the facility more visible and attractive.
Key elements of the design include moving the book collection towards the entrance and into an adjoining area currently used as a PC room, creation of a journals lounge and also a new photocopying area. This will bring together all the high traffic work of the Library, freeing up the remaining space, further inside the building, for a variety of flexible study environments. This will include a new PC room, four group study rooms and open study spaces. Self service issue/return of books will also be introduced which will release more staff to help users in the library. By making these changes, the redesigned Trevithick Library will be a welcoming, comfortable, conducive place to work whether individually, alongside peers, or with Library colleagues.
The outline bid is only 2 sides of A4 so it's a challenge to get in all in the information we want to include. In the document we explain the main problems with the current Trevithick Library: Place: The library isn't very visible and once inside it's rather drab and gloomy. Space: The user is presented with a cramped area dominated by shelves of journals, with no clear zoning, and so no clarity of expected behaviour for different activities. Researchers complain it's too noisy but there's nowhere for students to work in groups. Environment:Staff and students complain about the lighting and the (lack of) ventilation.
Cardiff University's Library Review, conducted 2004-05, recommended a consolidation of Cathays Park library sites from 11 libraries to 3. Trevithick Library is one of the 3 libraries that will remain, along with the Arts and Social Studies Library with the third hopefully being a new build.
Trevithick Library provides services to the Schools of Engineering, Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy.
With funding being made available by the Wolfson Foundation of up to £500K for such refurbishment projects, to be match funded, it was an opportunity to explore the redevelopment of Trevithick Library.
A group was formed comprising a variety of staff representing the Schools involved, Library staff and those able to advise on architectural design and on bidding for grant funding. Janet Peters, the University Librarian, chairs the group.