Leeds University Library

Laidlaw celebrates first birthday

Published Friday 27 May 2016

Photograph of the front of the Laidlaw Library

Friday 27 May marks the end of a successful first year for Laidlaw Library

The Laidlaw Library has just celebrated its first birthday. Winner of the RIBA Yorkshire award from the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Library has an "excellent" sustainability rating, with low energy lighting, a green rooftop garden with beehives, and solar panels on the roof.

The Laidlaw Library is specifically designed for University of Leeds students, offering open desks, private booths, soft armchair seating and high benches. There are quieter areas on the upper floors, bookable group rooms, study rooms for disabled students and a Skills Zone for drop-ins and workshops by our award-winning Skills@Library service. There are power sockets at every desk and a Caffè Nero downstairs if you need a coffee or a snack.

On the walls there are original artworks from students in the School of Design and the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. These are changed every year. The designs on the glass panels were created by Graphics students from the School of Design. Just outside the main entrance is a sculpture by the internationally renowned artist Simon Fujiwara, titled "A Spire"

The memories of Leeds alumni are preserved in the River of Quotes installation on the ground floor, as are the names of the many donors who made the building possible. Laidlaw Library is described by the University's Chancellor, Lord Melvyn Bragg, as having "echoes of Athens, and the stamp of the 21st century".

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