Providing a new library and landmark building

Opened in 2009, the McClay library is a landmark building situated close to the historic Lanyon Building, one of the signature features of Belfast's built environment. The building can accommodate 2,000 readers and 1.5 million volumes, and will eventually incorporate all satellite libraries around the Belfast campus and provide enough space for 20 years’ future collection growth.

The library’s internal environment has been tailored to meet myriad uses, including common reader spaces, quiet zones, historic and special collections, artefact displays, digital media and innovative socio-educational environments where students can enjoy the benefits of collaborative learning.

Sustainability was a critical factor in the design and construction of the library; the building meets the highest environmental standards and was commended in the 2011 Civic Trust Awards.

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