Have you ever had a great idea to improve the Library and Archives but not known what to do with it? This is your chance to work with us to shape our services and to improve the experience of fellow students.

The winning idea will receive a prize of £1,000 and we will work with you to introduce it to the Library and Archives. The winner will also receive the title 'Library Innovator 2019'

Your ideas could be about the resources that we stock or the space or technology that we provide. We welcome any ideas, big or small. In addition to the main prize, we will also award smaller cash prizes for ideas that we don't shortlist but that we are able to implement quickly and easily, improving the Library and Archives experience for our students. 

We will consider anything but ideas must be feasible to implement and relevant to using the Library and Archives. Please refer to the full terms and conditions to understand more of what we are looking for.

LibInspo 2019

The Library Innovators 2019 are Yuveer Ramchandani (TFTI) and Daniel Famiyeh (Electronic Engineering) who pitched their app “Deskmate”, to monitor study space availability within the library. Yuveer and Daniel created the app from scratch, utilising our publicly available live library data.

Eleanor Ingham (SPSW) was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ for her idea “Electronic library card and UoY app”. Eleanor impressed the judges with her market research.


Congratulations to the rest of our finalist who also gave great pitches:

  • Emily Mellows (Department of English): Wellbeing Section

  • Katie Parton  (Psychology): Escape room

  • Thomas Kent (History): Study room availability screens

Thank you to all who came to the event, the next stage is to see what we can do with these amazing ideas. We will be working with Yuveer and Daniel to implement the winning idea and we are exploring the others.