The Sir Duncan Rice Library is a 21st century space for learning and research. It was officially opened on 24th September 2012 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh. The Sir Duncan Rice Library houses the largest of the University's modern collections on Floors 1-7 - including Arts, Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences, and historic collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives in the Special Collections Centre on the Lower Ground Floor.
The building is open to the wider public, as well as students and staff. A wide range of facilities and services are available including:
- a Gallery on the Ground Floor for exhibitions and displays (which all are welcome to visit)
- an Events Area for school visits, and lectures and presentations
- a Microform Room, Multimedia Room, Music Resources Room, the Teaching Resource Collection, Assistive Technology Booths and other facilities
- PCs on every floor
There are also more informal areas including The Hardback Café on the Ground Floor (which is open to all), and the 'Break-out' Room on Floor 7, where students can enjoy panoramic views of the city while reading, working on a laptop, or engaging in quiet conversation.
There are over 1,200 study spaces: from traditional silent study rooms to interactive areas (Co-Labs) for collaborative projects, supported by information technology. The entire building has comprehensive wireless network coverage, and there are also wired network connection sockets to plug in your own laptop throughout.
The building, designed by Danish architects schmidt hammer lassen was conceived to mark the ice and light of the north. The design concept was to provide "a meeting place and a cultural centre for the University and the wider Aberdeen community".
Building Facts and Figures
- 22,000 tonnes of concrete
- 2,200 tonnes of steel
- 760 glass panels
- 4,700 lights
- 24 kilometres of shelving
- Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), rated Excellent, 2009
- Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) award, 2013
- Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award, 2013
- A news report on the opening of the new library on 12th September 2011 is available.
- Also available is a news report of the official opening of the Sir Duncan Rice Library on 24th September 2012
- 5 minutes with Chris Banks - a video interview with Chris Banks who was University Librarian and Director of Library, Special Collections and Museums when the building opened. Chris talks about the new building.