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UCL Cruciform Hub (formerly library)

When 21 Dec 2015
from 14:00 to 16:00
Where University College Hospital
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The Hub, formerly the Cruciform Library, has its origins in the University College Hospital Medical School Library founded in 1907 when clinical and pre-clinical studies were divided. University College Hospital was reconstructed at the same time, the old nineteenth century building being replaced by a distinctive red-brick and terracotta design, in the shape of a cross, by architect Alfred Waterhouse.  Vacated by the hospital in the 1990s, UCL re-modelled the Grade II listed building as a biomedical centre with facilities for the expanding medical school.  The medical library moved across University Street, from a wood panelled, galleried room, to bright and spacious new accommodation in the lower ground floor of the re-named Cruciform Building when it opened in 1999.  Some twelve years later an opportunity arose to undertake a complete reconfiguration of the library and adjacent facilities, to better meet the needs of students who were fully consulted and engaged in the planning process.  After a year of building works, during which time the library decanted to alternative accommodation at UCL, the Cruciform Hub opened on 1 September 2014.  The Hub blends traditional library services – book collections, quiet study spaces – with social learning areas and flexible teaching facilities.  Our medical heritage is reflected in two exhibition walls while graphic manifestations are drawn from more recent biomedical research; group study spaces are named after notable alumna.  The library team provide support for both library and IT enquiries, and the Hub serves UCL’s staff and students as well as NHS employees of the new University College Hospital on Euston Road.  In the first year of operation the Hub, open 24 hours for most of the week, has proved to be extremely popular and is a model for future developments in the University. The visit will provide an opportunity to tour all areas of the Hub and learn more about the refurbishment project. Location details are at
To book e-mail Kate Cheney.  Limited to 20 people

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