External features include a sedum roof, solar shading, a 24 hour returns kiosk (RFID) and disabled access.
Internal features include glass atrium, plasma screens, a baby grand piano, RFID security gates and self service machines, a dedicated children's floor with baby changing facilities, food and drinks vending, stationery vending, water fountains, lifts, toilets, Quick access PCs, childen only PCs, visual needs PCs, listening pods in the Music Department, reading and relaxation areas, study areas, an ICT suite, meeting rooms for hire, entertainment/events zone, C2C (Connect 2 Cardiff) hosting, and original artworks from artist Neil Canning.
BREEAM 'Excellent' rating, Green Apple Bronze Award for the built environment and architectural heritage 2009
Type of library
Features and services
Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Equipment provision, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Meeting rooms, Provision of special materials, Public address system, Services to particular groups, Sound and image processing facilities, Specialist subject collections, Teaching rooms
Shared building, Building shape, Materials, Materials
Design features, Health and safety provision, Security, Staff accommodation/facilities, Structural
Control mechanisms, Energy conservation, Heating, Lighting, Structural factors, Ventilation
Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Critical distances, Emergency features, Furniture height, Signage / guiding
Demco Interiors, Eastlake, Flexiform, Herman Miller, Kinnarps, Opening the Book, Remploy Library Solutions, Senator, Steelcase
Services and facilities suppliers
Electronic information displays, Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 90