SCONUL Library Design Award and Showcase 2019

Start & End Date : 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Royal Armouries Museum
Armouries Drive
Leeds LS10 1LT

10.20 -15.55
020 7387 0317

This event is in the past. You can explore more about the awards, plus the short listed and winning libraries here.


Monatge of photos of short listed libraries



The SCONUL Library Design Awards recognise exceptional design of new or refurbished libraries. The winners of the 2019 awards were announced and celebrated at the Library Design Awards and Showcase on the 26 November at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.


The awards and showcase in November provided delegates with the opportunity to both celebrate and explore the latest thinking on space planning and design of libraries and university campuses.


Delegates heard about the strategic and operational ideas behind the design of the short listed libraries, the Helsinki Central Library, Oodi and the new Waterside campus at the University of Northampton. Delegates had the opportunity to discuss the design principles of the short listed libraries with those who were heavily involved in the projects. In addition they were able to discuss space planning and library services with key suppliers in the exhibition zone.


Our exciting keynote speakers were:


Professor Nick Petford is Vice Chancellor and CEO of the University of Northampton. He has provided the vision and inspiration for the new Waterside campus.






Laura Norris is the Service Manager at the Helsinki Central Library Oodi, the new inspirational public library in Helsinki. Laura's talk will focus on the collaborative development of the library with Helsinki citizens and a range of partners, the role of Oodi in the local community and new ways of working to meet customer expectations.




Programme - This event is in the past


Registration, coffee and design showcase


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


Keynote address: Smart campus, smarter library

Professor Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor and CEO, 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 and Emma Wisher, Assistant Director for User Engagement, Universiy of Essex
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
    Kate Kelly, Director of Library Services, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland and Peter McGovern, Director, Henry J Lyons Architects
  • Great Ormond Street Library, University College London
    Ben Meunier, Director of Operations, UCL Library Services and Grazia Manzotti, Library Manager, Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health 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 Louise Boddie, Associate, 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