Facts and figures
The Library, which was officially opened by Lord Pilkington on the 19th December 1980, was the successor to several other libraries that were used by the predecessor Colleges of the University. Our first ever library was opened in 1911, in one room of the building in Loughborough town that housed the original Loughborough Technical Institute. In 2013, the Library had a major refurbishment which included incorporating Level 4.
The Library covers 9,161 square metres over four floors with 1375 study places, including 200 workstations. It has over 500,000 books; 90,000 bound serials and access to approximately 30,000 e- journals. Its has 87 members of staff; 55 full-time equivalents (32 full-time; 55 part-time).
Other "fun facts" about the Library
- The most borrowed book is a copy of "Modern banking theory and practice" by Shelagh Hefferman, which has been borrowed over 2600 times
- Since 2003 the number of e-journals available has increased by over 500% (3754 in 2003 and 30,00 in 2013)
- In the 2012/13 academic year, the Library was visited 624,904 times (an average of 1712 visits per day)
- In 2001 the Library had 777 study spaces, this has grown to 1375 in 2013
- In the 2012/13 academic year, the Library had 85,016 personal queries (an average of one every two minutes)
Frequently asked questions about the Library
As a result of a story published in Label Magazine (published by Loughborough Students Union) as an April fools there is an ongoing urban myth that the Library building is sinking due to the weight of the books contained within the building not being taken into account at the design stage.