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Welcome to the new Health Library!

7 November 2011

Books collections and seating area in the Health Library

Books collections and seating area in the Health Library.

The brand new Health Library at the Cochrane Building, Heath Park, opened on Monday 7th November.

The new Library, which is open 24 hours a day, offers a range of learning spaces over three floors, tailored for quiet individual study, group work and an informal social space. Ten bookable group study rooms are available for students and staff, as well as open access computers, self-issue machines, and photocopying and printing facilities. 

It meets the highest standards for environmental sustainability, having natural ventilation and a sedum roof, among many other energy saving features.

The Library provides access to the collections of the former Sir Herbert Duthie, Nursing and Healthcare Studies, and School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies Libraries, which merged during summer 2011.

"This is an exciting new development in the library provision at Heath Park," said Janet Peters, University Librarian. "The range of learning spaces and the different facilities in the Health Library are designed to offer a flexible and welcoming environment for all of its users from Cardiff University and the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

IT area in the Health Library

IT area in the Health Library.

"I think one of the strengths of the new library will be its interdisciplinary focus, which will bring together students and staff, researchers and clinicians – right across the healthcare spectrum.  Library staff expert in health information will work together with IT colleagues to ensure that we can enable everyone to obtain the resources they need, whether for their academic or clinical work." added Janet. "We will be continuing to encourage and welcome feedback about the library to ensure that we are reflecting and responding to our users' expectations and requirements."

The new Library was developed in close partnership with the School of Medicine, the Estates Division and the Cardiff and Vale Local Health Board as part of a new academic quarter within the University Hospital of Wales.


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