The Templeman Library for the University of Kent has been shortlisted for the prestigious SCONUL Library Design Awards 2019.

The Templeman Library sits at the heart of the Canterbury campus and has been transformed to become a flagship 21st century learning environment comprising a new extension and extensive refurbishment of the existing building, together demonstrating new standards for renewal of 1960’s university buildings.

The 5,400m2 extension provides a lecture theatre, seminar, exhibition, archive, conference, study and café spaces. The refurbishment revitalises the interior, unlocking circulation and daylighting to produce a vibrant contemporary library; re-emphasising its enduring and pivotal role in the university for the 12,000 students using it.

The SCONUL Library Design Awards showcase and celebrate the very best in recent academic library design in the UK and Ireland. The winners will be unveiled at the Library Design Awards event on Tuesday 26th November 2019 at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. Details of the awards event will be announced in early Summer.