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New services

In addition to the launch of its first smartphone app the Library added a number of important new services and facilities.

  • Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre

Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre

Funded entirely through private donations, the refurbished and expanded centre opened in September. It will help young learners to develop their digital research skills and explore the Library’s collections. The Centre is now fully digitally-enabled, with video-conferencing facilities and remote viewing equipment giving access to schools throughout the country. Since opening, more than 26,000 people have benefitted from using the Centre.

  • Additional Storage Building

The Library’s new £26 million Additional Storage Building at Boston Spa became fully operational. All remaining items from leasehold premises in London were transferred to this flagship building, one of the largest and most technologically advanced library repositories in the world.

The programme, funded by Arcadia, was launched to collect 200 in-depth interviews with British scientists over three years, creating a major archive for the study and public understanding of science.

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