The Paul Hamlyn Library, designed by UK architects Bond Bryan and finished in September 2015, stands as a testament to the university's vision of establishing a contemporary and adaptable library hub at the core of its campus. To bring this ambition to life, the university sought an advanced storage solution for its vast collection. Spanning across four levels and incorporating a group study pavilion, a silent floor, and an impressive 2 kilometers of shelving, the library successfully creates a modern and functional space to cater to the academic needs of its community.
Julian Roland, the Head of Customer Experience Library Services at the University of West London, played a crucial role as a key member of the team responsible for the library's development. "One of my initial tasks was to assess the capacity and design the shelving plan," he stated. The project team carefully deliberated on how to efficiently accommodate the collection of books within the available linear space.
The shelving, furniture, and signage effectively convey the intended behavior and purpose of each floor," remarked Julian Roland, emphasizing the significance of communication through design elements. The central aspect of the space planning was to enhance the stock capacity while maintaining the integrity of the overall design and ensuring ample student study areas. Roland further explained, "From the beginning, we recognized the necessity for mobile shelving to expand capacity. The mobility of the shelving was indispensable in providing the desired flexibility within the space.
Tim Wales, Director of Library Services, University of West London
Bruynzeel provided the University of West London with an extensive mobile shelving solution, conveniently placed in the public areas and easily accessible to both students and staff. The supplied shelving comprises a total length of over 2 kilometers: 680 meters of mobile shelving and 1,990 meters of static shelving, all uniquely enhanced with customized graphic end panels crafted by Nomad. These innovative storage systems have been instrumental in fulfilling the university's vision of establishing a contemporary library that effectively caters to the requirements of today's students.