SCONUL LIbrary Design Award and Showcase 2019

This event will celebrate both our short-listed and award-winning libraries and provide those interested in academic library design with an opportunity to hear the latest developments in library design. Delegates will be able to explore what has made the award winning libraries so successful; and to discover the latest products and services available from suppliers in a Design Showcase. It will be particularly helpful for Library Directors and their senior teams involved in, or considering new build or renovation projects for their libraries.



Start & End Date : 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Leeds Royal Armouries Museum
Armouries Drive
Leeds LS10 1LT

10.20 -15.55
Laura Norris
020 7387 0317



Registration, coffee and design showcase


Welcome from Chair of SCONUL and Leo Appleton, Chair of the SCONUL Library Design Awards Panel


Keynote address:

Professor Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor, University of Northampton 


Presentations from the shortlisted libraries under 2,000 square meters

  • Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex
    Cathy Walsh, Director of Library Services and University Librarian, Emma Wisher, Assistant Director for User Engagement and Clare French, Assistant Director for Content and Digital Systems
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
    Kate Kelly, Director of Library Services, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland and Peter McGovern, Architect, Henry J Lyons
  • Great Ormond Street Library, University College London


Announcement of winner


Lunch, design award showcase and sponsors


Keynote address: An Ode to Participation – Citizen Involvement in Helsinki Central Library Oodi

Laura Norris, Service Manager, Oodi Helsinki Central Library


Coffee break and design showcase


Presentations from the shortlisted libraries over 2,000 square meters

  • University of Birmingham Library, University of Birmingham
    Diane Job, Director of Library Services and Steve Ashton, Senior Project Manager Estates Department, University of Birmingham and Warren Jukes, Associated Architects
  • Templeman Library, University of Kent
    John Sotillo, Director of Information Services and Julia Crompton, Quality and Marketing Manager, University of Kent and [Architect], Penoyre & Prasad
  • Laidlaw Library, University of Leeds
    Stella Butler, University Librarian and Michael Fake, Head of Learning and Customer Services, University of Leeds
  • University of Roehampton Library, University of Roehampton
    Susan Scorey, University Librarian and Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Roehampton University and Hugo Marrack, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios


Announcement of winner


Closing remarks Chair of SCONUL


Close and departure