Augustine House Library and Student Services Centre at Canterbury Christ Church University has been announced the joint winner, with The McClay Library, Queen’s’ University Belfast, of the prestigious 2013 SCONUL Library Design Awards.

The SCONUL Library Design Awards
The SCONUL Library Design Awards has been running since 1973 and is awarded once every three years. The aim is to encourage good practice in library planning and design and to celebrate outstanding examples of cutting-edge design. Awards are given on the basis of the functional design of buildings rather than purely architectural merit. The awards, which are held by the current recipients until 2016, recognise the best design in higher education libraries across the UK.

Augustine House
Augustine House opened its doors to students in September 2009 and offers over 900 study places via a variety of flexible study zones; as well as over 340,000 books, 25,000 e-books and 11,500 e-journals accessible online through the e-library.

Note from the judging panel
Liz Waller, chair of the judging panel, said: “Augustine House Library and Student Services Centre at Canterbury Christ Church University combines modern design with sensitivity to its historic location by the city walls. It provides flexible and inspiring learning environments which put the student first.”

Added statement from Head of Library Services at Canterbury Christ Church University
Pete Ryan, Head of Library Services at Canterbury Christ Church University, added: “We are delighted that our fantastic library in Augustine House has been recognised by SCONUL. The mix of a first class and inspiring building with a team of staff who are committed to providing a high quality library service that really does make a positive difference to the student experience, has enabled the university to win this year’s award.”

Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.