McClay Library - Key Facts

Key facts and figures about the McClay Library

1.

 Q: How much did it cost?

 

 A: Over £40 million in total - £30 million construction budget

2.

 Q: How big is it?

 

 A: 17,600 square metres (equivalent to the QUB quad and buildings around it or Castlecourt Shopping Centre)

3.

 Q: How many books are there?

 

 A: Approx. 1.2m volumes (This includes bound volumes of journals)

4.

 Q: How many journals are there?

 

 A: About 2,000 print titles and 20,000 titles with electronic access

5.

 Q: How many PCs are there?

 

 A: 620 fixed PCs. There are well over 1,000 devices connected to the University network in this building.

6.

 Q: Who were the architects?

 

 A: Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott (SBRA) who worked with the local firm Robinson Patterson  Partnership. They were chosen based on their experience in working on significant academic library projects.

7.

 Q: Who made the carpets for the C.S. Lewis Room?

 

 A: Ulster Carpets produced the carpet inside the C.S. Lewis Room and the rug outside.

8.

 Q: How long did it take to build from start to finish?

 

 A: Construction took from February 2006-April 2009 – so just over 3 years.

9.

 Q: Number of study spaces?

 

 A: Approx. 2,000

10.

 Q: Number of group study rooms?

 

 A: 23

11.

 Q: How many people use the building?

 

 A: Over 1.3 million visits each year which means 130,000 each month and 10,000-12,000 visits per week day in term time; the peak for simultaneous occupancy to date was 1,621 (May 2017)

12.

 Q: Total number of staff in the building?

 

 A: Approximately 200