Celebrating the Library's 40th birthday
early 1980s library entrance

Join the celebrations

This year we will be celebrating the 40 years since the opening of our library. To help us do this we want you to share your memories, anecdotes and photos with us. Whether you worked or studied in the library your memories are part of our collective history and help to give a sense of the pivotal role this building has played for many of us who have spent, and continue to spend time at this University.

There are many ways in which you can share your memories with us:

When you contact us with your memories please share as much information as possible, including:

  • your connection to the library (eg student graduated 1997, or staff from 2000-2008)
  • your role / course studied / reason for using the library
  • original images, with copyright owned by you, high resolution if possible
  • your memories using a maximum of 1000 words
  • whether you would like your name to be published with your memory.

The best anecdotes we receive will be shared on our various channels such as our website, social media, our big screen and in a hard copy memory book. 

Revisit this page or follow us on social media to stay up to date in the lead up to our big birthday celebration on Monday 6 June 2016.  

Register your attendance

Please register your attendance via our events page.

A little bit of history

The original part of the Charles Seale-Hayne Library (CSHL) was opened in 1976 and, together with the Students’ Union, was the first new building development following the designation of Plymouth Polytechnic in 1970.

The design was a new concept of ‘Learning Resource Centre’ that combined the traditional benefits of a library with the application of educational technology; this was truly innovative - the first LRC to be planned by a polytechnic.

Deliberately positioned in the centre of the campus, the library is at the heart of the University and has supported generations of students and staff. The service has continued to innovate, adapting to changing institutional requirements, the impact of internet developments, and social expectations; we feel that 40 years is a great opportunity to celebrate the contribution that the library makes to the work of the University.