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The McClay Library, which opened in 2009, blends the best features of a traditional library with the latest technology.

It brings together wide-ranging library, computing and media services in a single location as well as offering study facilities suitable for quiet study and group work.

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The McClay Library brings together wide-ranging library, computing and media services in a single location, blending the best features of a traditional library with the latest technology. 

Study facilities include both places for quiet study and significant provision for group work, allowing students to follow their own individual learning style. Training provided by Information Services is also based in the building.

The library's extensive book and journal collections support teaching and research in the arts and humanities, science and engineering, the social sciences and law.


EXTENSIVE BOOK AND JOURNAL COLLECTIONS

The Library's collections support teaching and research in the arts and humanities, science and engineering, the social sciences and law. It also offers over 2,000 reader seats in a mixture of formal and informal spaces, plus a significant number of PCs and WiFi access throughout.

A 21ST-CENTURY ENVIRONMENT

Queen’s has built up a superb collection of books, manuscripts and periodicals over the past 160 years. The Library houses 1.2 million volumes. Facilities include IT training rooms, a Language Centre, support areas and a cafe, as well as the University’s Special Collections, subject-related inquiry points and a vast range of printed works.

THE LIBRARY'S MAGNIFICENT CENTREPIECE - CS LEWIS READING ROOM

The iconic CS Lewis Reading Room is a serene reading space, decorated with glass-engraved inscriptions from the Belfast author's works as well as a hand-carved replica of the famous wardrobe door from The Chronicles of Narnia.

1st
out of 199 universities worldwide for satisfaction with library service
International Student Barometer 2018
1st
out of 44 UK universities for satisfaction with library service
International Student Barometer 2018

"The 4 floors have a lot of spaces to sit, ranging from long tables, individual cubicles, side by side cubicles, tables with a desktop computer, etc. I personally love sitting at the cubicles, because it gives me a sense of having my own enclosed space and spreading out my stuff without bothering someone else. I always go to McClay a lot during exam time to focus (because in my room, Netflix just seems so enticing!)."

Tejinder Gill (Dentistry)

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