The Paul Hamlyn Library was designed by UK architects Bond Bryan and completed in September 2015. To achieve its ambition to create a modern, flexible library space at the heart of the campus, the university required a sophisticated storage solution for its stock. Sited over four levels and featuring a group study pavilion, silent floor and 2km of shelving.
Julian Roland, Head of Customer Experience Library Services at University of West London, was a key member of the team tasked with the development of the library. “One of the first things I did was look at the capacity and plan for the shelving,” he said. The project team considered how to fit the books they had into the available linear measurement.
“The expectation of behaviour – and the function – on each floor is clearly communicated through the shelving, furniture and signage.” Central to the space planning was a requirement to increase stock capacity without compromising the overall design and the need for student study spaces. “We always knew we would need mobile shelving to increase capacity,” said Roland. “The mobile shelving was essential to create flexibility in the space.”
Tim Wales, Director of Library Services, University of West London
Bruynzeel supplied mobile shelving, which is situated in the public areas and can be operated by students and staff. In total, Bruynzeel supplied over 2km of shelving: 680m of mobile shelving and 1,990m of static shelving, all featuring bespoke graphic end panels created by Nomad. The storage systems have helped the University of West London achieve its ambition to create a modern library that meets the needs of today’s students.