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Help us name our new rooms on Floor 01

Floor 01 in the JB Priestley Library is about to get a makeover. The area will be transformed into a modern study space, around double the current size, with calming colours and bookable rooms.

We now invite students and staff to help name the bookable rooms.

The theme is Moorland Landscape. We're thinking West Yorkshire moors, birds, animals and plants etc.

By naming the rooms after some of the beautiful places surrounding Bradford, we hope to create a feeling of well-being and calm in the study space, as well as honouring the University's commitment to sustainability. The names will also fit well with the colour scheme - to be revealed soon!

Email your suggestions to by Friday 8 March, 12:00.

The library refurbishment is part of the University's commitment to investing in projects which will benefit all students and creating the best student experience possible at Bradford. Construction will start in April, to be completed in October, ready for the start of the new academic year. We will provide details of alternative study areas during this time.

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Library events

See the world through the lens of poetry

"Join us in the University Library as we set sail on a poetic adventure, where every stanza is a window into a different corner of the world. Poetry, a universal language, invites us to immerse ourselves in the rhythms, imagery, and emotions of cultures far and wide.

As we use the One World Week to celebrate the boundless creativity and imagination of poets across cultures and time periods, we will uncover the universal truths and timeless insights that unite us as human beings through the power of language and metaphor.

So, grab your metaphorical passport and join us on Wed 28 Feb 2024 from 13:00-14:00 for this exhilarating journey of discovery and delight. You will have the chance to write a stanza in your own language and pin it on the board."

This event is organised and promoted by the Library Student Event Coordinators who volunteer for the library.

Library community quilt

Please come along and help start our library community quilt. The University is a vibrant patchwork of people and experiences, and we are hoping to reflect some of this in our library quilt project. Come along, take a square and decorate it to reflect what our library, learning and Bradford means to you. All the squares will then be sewn together and quilted. You don’t need to bring anything with you but your creativity, as materials will be provided.

There will be a quick presentation at the start of the session and then you will have the opportunity to gather materials to get started. We are not expecting anyone to finish anything in the session. You can take your square away and work on it at your own pace. This is also a great opportunity to make new connections and learn and share new skills.

We are hoping that you will contribute the first squares to the quilt and that we will keep adding to it, so that it becomes a living part of our library, changing, and growing as time goes by.

Library community quilt sessions on Wed 7 Feb and 20 Mar, 13:00-14:00, at JBP 0.17 (ask at the library counter for directions).