Main Library redevelopment

Digital image shows students working at large tables with plants and shelves in the background.

The above image shows the architect's visualisation of Level 1 study space after the redevelopment is completed in early 2023.

Over summer last year work began to make significant improvements to the Main Library. Every level of the building is being refurbished and the study spaces increased, so we offer a world-class Library service.  

A key principle of the refurbishment project is to increase study spaces whilst maintaining accessibility of physical collections in the building – responding to clear feedback from staff and students that both space and books were needed in the same place. 

When the refurbishment project is completed in early 2023, the Main Library will have more than 400 additional study spaces in the lower level - an increase of more than 35% on its previous capacity. We will not only increase the number of study spaces, but will ensure that there are different kinds of spaces, so you can choose a quiet area, or a collaborative space for work with others. We are also paying close attention to lighting, noise, and furniture, to provide high-quality and varied spaces. 

Works are continuing, especially on the basement level which will see the most significant transformation. Library staff will do all we can to ensure the work has minimal impact and to communicate any unavoidable disruption in good time. 

Below you can see what the building will look like and what to look forward to once the project is complete.

If you have any questions about the redevelopment work, we have a dedicated contact at

  • Information about newly opening facilities or any work causing disruption.

  • What works are complete and what will continue to be improved.

  • Architect visualisations of the Main Library after all works are complete.