University Of Bedfordshire New Library
The University of Bedfordshire will open its stunning new library today (Thurs 13 Oct). Set out over seven floors and costing £46m it has transformed the University’s Luton campus.
The new library forms part of a five year investment to re-generate the University’s estates totalling £180m. This includes its Postgraduate and CPD centre on the Luton campus, the stunning teaching and learning Gateway building at its Bedford campus, and a new building in Luton devoted to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which is expected to break ground later this year.
Bill Rammell Vice Chancellor University of Bedfordshire said at the opening: “These new buildings have transformed our campuses, bringing our learning environments up to date and creating new spaces for our students and staff to interact and learn in.
“They have also generated significant investment and created jobs in Luton and Bedford.”
The University’s students have been fully involved the design of their new learning environment. “We wanted to ensure,” said the Vice Chancellor “that it was fit for purpose for their real learning, not how we think they ought to learn.”
While the students did say they wanted a quiet space for personal learning the University also recognised from their feedback that designing a library for the 21st century is not straightforward. Students said they needed to use their new learning space to work in teams, prepare projects and presentations and apply their learning in a practical way.
Mr Rammell explained: “The mission of this university is to expand educational opportunity, creating an excellent student experience that leads to excellent outcomes.
“If we are to deliver on that promise for this generation of students, we need to design learning spaces that can inspire, engage and support our students to achieve.”