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Historic Library Refurbishment

We believe learning shouldn’t be limited to the classroom. As part of WM College Plus, co-funded by the GLA and generous benefactors, we are investing in improvements to our College that enables the development of a joined up learning offer. Creating links between taught classes, learning resources and study spaces such as the Library, the Learning Centre and the Maurice Hall.

Our Historic Library

The library is the historic heart of the College and has some incredible resources which tell the story of WM College from its inception in 1854. It’s essential to develop the balance between celebrating our history whilst also creating an improved space that provides learners with the resources for successful study. That’s why in 2023/24 the library is undergoing a complete refurbishment!

The tasteful and subtle developments by Atomik Architects will provide additional study spaces for working in small groups, improved desk areas for independent study and a new area for specialist talks and events. The aim is for the library to become a central space for the College bringing our heritage to life through more active use.

The renovation will be subtle and respectful of the original historic features, but aims to make a big impact on learners experience.

What to expect:

  • Restoration of the bookcases and parquet flooring to reinstate their original splendour
  • Study desks restored and fitted with brass lighting to illuminate work areas while providing ambient lighting
  • New power and data sockets
  • Alcoves for 1-1 tutorials, private work and small meetings
  • Reduced shelving to make the whole library more open and accessible
  • A warm colour scheme bringing through hues of green to complement the natural wood
  • New comfortable meeting area including soft furnishings – sofas, rugs and ambient lighting
  • A new purpose-built reception desk
  • a small suite of PCs and a printing area.
  • A comfortable, furnished reading area

Work has already begun on the refurbishment with the new an improved space due to open in November 2023. In the meantime there is a temporary Library for learners to borrow books and pay for photocopying/printing in room 304, opening hours can be found here. Access to computers and MACs will only be available in the Learning Centre. Due to limited space in the College, we are unable to provide an alternative quiet study space while the Library is closed.


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Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
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