March 28, 2017, by Ian Kingsbury
Duke of York opens George Green Library
The University of Nottingham welcomed royalty to its University Park campus on 15 March as HRH The Duke of York hosted an entrepreneurial boot camp and formally opened one of its landmark developments, our very own George Green Library.
Prince Andrew formally opened the redeveloped George Green Library (GGL), and spoke highly of the new building to an invited audience of 170 staff and students – past and present – as well as representatives of the build project team and guests from other universities.
The Prince was met by Vice Chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway and introduced to Professors Andy Long and Kevin Shakesheff (PVCs for the Faculties of Engineering and Science respectively), as well as senior Libraries, Research and Learning Resources (LRLR) staff including Director Caroline Williams, Sue Storey and Sue Ackermann (Associate Directors of Customer Service and Strategy and Planning).
Treasures from the collection
The Prince heard from Mark Dorrington, Associate Director of Manuscripts and Special Collections (MSC), about some of the unique treasures in our collection, including the new iBook Parchment, Paper and Pixels. Archivist Kathryn Summerwill spoke about George Green the man, drawing on an MSC exhibition previously held at the Lakeside Arts Centre.
Prince Andrew than enjoyed a long chat with Students’ Union (SU) reps Ismail Sadurdeen (President), Beth Massey (Education Officer) and Matt Bramley (Postgraduate Officer). A group representing the GGL project team, led by Director of Estates Chris Jagger, talked through the build process and key design features of the new building, whilst a group of alumni completed the line up.
The man behind the library
The new £20.5m library fully incorporates the original GGL and a new extension. It offers study space, language labs and training rooms for Engineering and Science students. The library was named after the mathematician George Green. George’s work has supported discoveries in disciplines which would have been unthinkable in his own lifetime and have since been used in areas such as nuclear physics, quantum electrodynamics and superconductivity.
LRLR Director Caroline Williams welcomed guests and invited Professor Sir David Greenaway to say a few words. Professor Greenaway said: “We hope that, like George Green, the building will continue to inspire future generations in their studies.”
The Duke of York then spoke about the fundamental importance of libraries, noting the step change in design and student experience offered by the current building compared to the “concrete monstrosity” of the previous building.
On behalf of Professor Greenaway and Caroline Williams, we extend a huge thank you to all the staff and students who made this opening event such a success and a fitting celebration of our wonderful new and inspiring library space.