Library, University of Technology Sydney
The extension to the UTS Library make it the largest in the city centre and give the University's metropolitan campus a natural palce for students to congregate. The changes, which have been meshed into the existing building via a new elevation to the west, mean that the library is now spread over five levels, with two new multi-purpose levels for reading, shelves and student work spaces. The stack is positioned in the middle of the library floor plate, with reading areas placed near the windows to offer natural light. A wall of louvred windows cut out the western sun and allow light to filter through from the south. Circulation through the building has been improved as a result of a new stairway which links the ground and upper levels. The entrance to the building has also been re-designed so that it is prominent and easy to find, and includes the re-located loans/information desk. Work is underway to provide easier thoroughfares from the library to other parts of the campus. The designers have also made allowances for future expansion: additional shelf space has been factored in for Level 3 and 4. The floor plans for the UTS Haymarket Campus Library are large - almost 3,000 sq.m. - which has assisted the transformation process.