Staff Gateway

Cultivating a thrivng postgraduate community

Featuring an impressive open and galleried interior, the Graduate School (formerly known as the Lynn Building) was designed by William Henry Lynn in 1868 as the University’s library. Following an extensive programme of renovation and refurbishment, the building reopened in April 2015. It is now home to the new Graduate School, providing a hub for Queen’s thriving postgraduate community.

This tour will give you an insight into the history of the building, provide details of the recent renovation project and introduce you to the role the Graduate School will play in helping to realise Vision 2020.

This tour includes:

  • A brief history of the building
  • An outline of the Graduate School's role in Vision 2020
  • A guided tour of the newly refurbished building and its facilities

Did you know?

  • The Lynn building was extended between 1912 and 1914 as the need for additional study space for staff and students grew. Further alterations were carried out in the 1950s and 1980s.
  • Until the Second World War, the Lynn Building's reading room was heated by a large fire which burned in an open grate beneath the great west window.
  • The Lynn building bears a Blue Plaque dedicated to one of the great poets of the twentieth century, Philip Larkin, who was Sub-Librarian at Queen's from 1950 to 1955.