Library Services


Student Centre up for ‘Outstanding Library Team’ award

11 October 2021

The Student Centre team have been shortlisted in Times Higher Education Awards under the “Outstanding Library Team” category.

Users studying inside the Student Centre

This year’s nomination focuses on the work of UCL Library Services in partnership with other services in the Student Centre.

Library staff work alongside different Professional Services teams and the Students’ Union to foster an environment where students and researchers love to study and collaborate.

The Student Centre is the new heart of the UCL campus in Bloomsbury. The 5,764m2 library-managed building provides over 1,100 study spaces and only contains the books students bring in with them.

The building was designed with input from students. It opened in February 2019 and within a year had 1,000,000 student visits, before closing temporarily during the first Covid-19 lockdown. The team re-opened the Student Centre in June 2020, and continued to provide a safe environment for students welcoming 154,634 visits made by 10,705 users last year.

It has now won 12 awards, including most recently a RIBA London award.

Ben Meunier, Director of Operations for Library Services said:

“Receiving such prestigious external recognition for the work is a reminder of the real impact we have on the life of the university. As we approach the start of the new academic year, our commitment to excellent service is apparent from the buzz across Library Services, priming ourselves to meet the needs of students, researchers, NHS partners and to further open up access to knowledge beyond the university.”

About the awards

The winners will be revealed on 25 November 2021. For more information on the event and other nominations, go to the THE Awards webpage.