The biggest campus library in the country and one of the most digitally advanced in the world has opened at the University of Limerick.
The €31m ($36 million/USD) Glucksman Library has been named after the Glucksman family, the philanthropic family of Lew and Loretta Glucksman, long time supporters of the university and who have funded the new library.
It is double the size of its original library and includes an ARC – the Automated Reserve Collection facility, a 10m high vault to store over 500,000 books operated by a robotic crane for easy retrieval.
The library also provides light filled study and reading space for over 2,200 students, as well as funky lounge collaborative space for students and scholars to meet and discuss their research.
Students were also instrumental in choosing the furniture. The University held a ‘chair fair’ in which the most modern library chairs and desks from across the world were tested and selected by students for their comfort and the enclosed silence they offered.
The extra 7,600sqm of space also brings the student space ratio down from one space for 13 students to one in six in line with other universities.
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