Case Study: Oxford’s Weston Library
The University of Oxford’s Weston Library is a Grade II listed building, formerly known as the New Bodleian. After undergoing a significant three-year refurbishment programme it now has three new reading rooms, research and teaching facilities and is the main home for the Bodleian Libraries’ Special Collections which are now located in the building.
The Bodleian is among the most celebrated library services in the world, not only for its incomparable collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives, music, ephemera and maps, but also for its buildings, some of which have remained in continuous use since the Middle Ages. The libraries are used by students and scholars worldwide and they are designed to support the learning, teaching and research objectives of the University of Oxford.
Silence is critical for readers and researchers accessing the special collections at the Weston Library. When refurbishing the washrooms, the project team’s objective was to find a quiet hand dryer that was also low in energy consumption yet still highly efficient. The Airdri Quad™ has been awarded the UK Noise Abatement Society’s Quiet Mark™ in recognition of its low sound emissions making it the ideal choice. Many of the washrooms in the Weston Library are limited in space so the hand dryer also needed to be compact. Following a number of product demonstrations, Airdri’s ultra-slim, wall-mounted, ADA compliant Airdri Quad™ was selected for the new Weston Library.