University of Warwick Library

YRM, Coventry, 1966


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View from south west 

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  • View from south west    
  • Library from fields    
  • The library block with groundworks continuing in the foreground    
  • Detail of the corner of the main block    
  • Detail of entrance block    
  • Standard window bay    
  • Entrance to the library    
  • Main reading area    
  • Catalogue hall    
  • Lecturer    
  • Cataloging and accessions office    
  • Lockable carrels    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Model of university masterplan    

University library consisting of two independent blocks linked by a ground level social space

At ground level, this six-storey library building contains administration and ancillary facilities including a bindery, photo studio and dark room.

The first floor contains the main reader services, catalogue, periodicals and a listening room. The remaining four levels of the main block are designed for open access book storage with reader places at the periphery of the plan.

A two-storey entrance block containing cloakrooms, lavatories and exhibition area is able to operate independently of the main library, to which it is connected by a ground floor coffee bar and social space.

The Library's structural frame is constructed from a series of reinforced concrete perimeter columns. Externally, the columns and slab edges are clad in ceramic tiling on a screed backing.


  • Begun: Nov 1964
  • Completed: Jun 1966
  • Floor area: 11,273m2
  • Sectors: Education, Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £904,672
  • Tender date: Oct 1964
  • Procurement: Fixed price RIBA
  • Address: University of Warwick Library, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom

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