New library at University Hospital Llandough
18 January 2010
Following its 75th birthday in 2008, University Hospital Llandough has welcomed a new era in library provision with the opening of a new purpose-built library in December 2009.
The new library combines the Archie Cochrane Library (from the main hospital building at Llandough), with the Whitchurch Hospital Postgraduate Centre Library, as an integral part of the new Welsh Assembly Government-funded Education Centre at Llandough.
These changes bring together a well-regarded specialist psychiatric collection and a wide-ranging general healthcare collection under one roof, offering an enhanced library service at University Hospital Llandough for staff, students and researchers of both the University and the Local Health Board.
The library now offers a number of individual study spaces where laptops can be used with the wireless network, an IT training room, and separate quiet room, as well as an area for journals.
Llandough is the first Cardiff University library to install the new SmartServe Lite RFID unit. The unit, which enables library users to borrow and return books themselves, means that staff have time to undertake new roles in supporting users' information literacy and IT needs.
Janet Peters, Director of University Libraries, said: "The library at Llandough marks a new chapter in the library provision at the site. As a vital resource, not only for University students and staff, but also for Cardiff and Vale Local Health Board, the library will continue to grow and develop in line with the changing needs of all its users."