Sheffield University Library

Gollins, Melvin, Ward & Partners, Sheffield, 1959


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South-east entrance 

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  • South-east entrance    
  • View of the main entrance    
  • External view looking through the entrance facade    
  • Catalogue hall and stair    
  • Catalogue hall    
  • Main stair    
  • The reading room    
  • Periodicals reading room    
  • Ceiling detail view    
  • Arial view showing position alongside old university buildings    
  • Site plan    
  • Basement floor plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section A-A    
  • Section B-B    
  • Section C-C    

Library to serve 2,000 students with 400 reading places and storage for one million books

The library is on a square plan consisting of a main deck above the university campus level on the east side and overlooking parkland on the west.

The main entrance is in the south-east corner. From the entrance hall, a wide staircase leads to the mezzanine and up into the catalogue hall at the centre of the building. Leading off the catalogue hall are the reading rooms.

The basement stack and the floors beneath the main reading-room are of reinforced concrete. The floors in the book stack are plate construction with no beams. The exterior is faced in Portland stone.

This is the first library in the UK to be designed with facilities for temperature, humidity and filtered air control. Lighting in the reading room is from fluorescent fittings. The catalogue hall has a corrugated plastic laylight, with fluorescent lights above.


  • Begun: Dec 1955
  • Completed: May 1959
  • Floor area: 4,500m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Address: Sheffield University, Sheffield, S10 2TN, United Kingdom

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