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Unveiling the new look of King’s Manor Library

Posted on 14 January 2022

Check out the newly refurbished library with extra study space new mobile shelfing

We’re delighted to announce that King’s Manor Library has reopened with a new look. We’ve added new furniture to provide extra study space and the collections are once again available to borrow.

What’s changed?

King’s Manor Library has been closed for the last month for the (near) final stages of our refurbishment project. You can read all about our plans in our update from last year. In that time we have added extra power sockets, redecorated a number of areas in the Library and installed a range of new furniture options.

We’re now excited for you to see the Library and to try out all the new furniture! We believe that the new layout fits the historic building much better than the previous arrangement, and that the new furniture will provide a much improved study experience at King’s Manor. Judge for yourself by visiting the Library or view some photos below of the new look.

The first floor of the King's Manor Library

We’ve arranged the furniture to make best use of the historic building and its features, whilst maximising space for seats and collections

One of the large wooden tables with integrated lighting on the first floor. We have selected furniture which best fits the building at King’s Manor and which provides a high quality study experience

We have included some comfy seating in addition to traditional study desks to provide a mixture of seating options, and we’ve used features such as the fireplace as focal points in the space

The first floor. We’ve arranged the furniture to open up the space and use as much natural light as possible, particularly by creating a line of sight between the two large windows at either end

A view showing some of the desk seating on the first floor; we have chosen fabric colours to match the Charles 1 coat of arms above the entrance to King’s Manor

New mobile shelving on the ground floor; we’ve added mobile shelving to maximise shelving space for the research collections at King’s Manor library, including materials from the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies and the Wormald collection

A view of one of the unfinished ground floor rooms; we’ve included a large table suitable for viewing manuscripts and other large format materials. We’re also expecting some height-adjustable booths for the ground floor to arrive soon

The new look Wormald Room on the ground floor; the Wormald Room contains a range of armchair seating to create a ‘reading room’ feel

What’s next?

Most of the refurbishment work at King’s Manor Library is now complete, but we have a few additional changes to make over the next couple of months. We’re expecting some final items of furniture to arrive soon, including some bench seats for the first floor and some height-adjustable desks for the ground floor. We’ll also be adding lots of finishing touches to the space, including some cushions, artwork and other design features. Let us know if you have any suggestions!

How can I provide feedback?

We would love to know what you think about the new look! You can add your thoughts to the whiteboard in the reception at King’s Manor Library, send your feedback to your Academic Liaison Librarian or contact us via email or online chat.

Find the contact details for your Academic Liaison Librarian on our Subject Guides