New Learning Zone extension opens

Published: 22 November 2005 at 15:19

Professor David Tidmarsh, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, has formally opened the new Learning Zone extension of the University Library at Ruskin's Cambridge campus. The £0.6m extension has greatly enhanced learning facilities for students at the campus. It provides over 100 additional networked computers, wireless networking, purpose designed group learning facilities, as well as a refreshment area.

Professor Tidmarsh said:

"I see this sort of development as absolutely central to the way we provide for student learning in the University. 

"This new area is great, but it is only the beginning."

Nicky Kershaw, University Librarian, added:

"We have been very aware of the need to develop spaces for social learning, and to extend provision for IT-based study. The new Learning Zone helps meet both of these needs, and will enable students to more easily access our Digital Library with its thousands of online journals, databases and other resources.”

The Zone, like the Library, is open until nearly midnight 6 days a week and throughout the day on Sundays. It has proved an instant success with students and has been heavily used from the day it was completed. 

A student commented:

"It's brilliant, now if I want a break for a coffee or to use books and online resources alongside each other I can do it all without leaving the Library."