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31 August 2005 PR 05/82

Party to celebrate 25th anniversary of University Library

Loughborough University is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Pilkington Library on campus with a celebratory party for current and former staff.

A site on a small hillside on the eastern side of the campus close to the Elvyn Richards hall of residence was chosen for the building. Construction began in 1978 and it officially opened on 8 September 1980. Well known for its innovative inverted triangle design, the library provided a valuable resource for the University and replaced libraries on various sites. It is named after the University’s first Vice Chancellor, Lord Harry Pilkington.

The library is located on three floors and has 7,777 sq metres of space. Today it is home to 700,000 volumes as well as videos, dvds, cds and microfilms. Some 6,000 journals are also available electronically. There are 90 full and part time staff.

As well as providing resources for the University’s staff and students, the library is also available for local people to use for reference.

The celebration party will take place at the library on the evening of Saturday 10 September. There will be a drinks reception, disco and buffet. There will also be a display of photographs taken in the library over the years. All current and past Library staff are welcome to attend and former staff should contact Kelly Friend for more information by telephoning 01509 222341 or by email – k.m.friend@lboro.ac.uk.


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Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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