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£27m project to extend and refurbish University of Kent library nears completion

PUBLISHED: 10:38 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:38 13 September 2017

Templeman Library at the University of Kent

Templeman Library at the University of Kent

©Tim Crocker 2015

The 1960s-built Templeman Library at the Canterbury campus houses more than one million books and journals

A £27m project to refurbish and expand the biggest library in the county is nearing completion at the University of Kent.

The 1960s-built Templeman Library at the Canterbury campus, which houses more than one million books and journals, will be ready for the start of the new academic term later this month, after increasing in size by 5,000 square metres.

As well as more shelf space, the extended library includes many more study spaces for students, new seminar rooms, digital classrooms and a 260-seat lecture theatre to provide conferencing and teaching space.

The refurbishment project - which began in 2015 and saw the library maintain full access to services for the 9,000 people using the facility every day - has incorporated environmental best practice, including maximising the use of natural light and ventilation.

The refurbished site will be formally opened early in 2018.

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