UEA Library at 50 (1968-2018) UEA Library at 50 (1968-2018)

25 October 2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the official opening of UEA Library. Designed by Denys Lasdun and Partners in the mid-sixties, this grade II listed building has repeatedly extended and transformed itself to meet the rapidly changing needs of its users.

For fifty years the Library has played a central role in the social, creative and academic life of UEA students and staff. Open 24/7, 365, the Library shows no sign of slowing down, receiving over 1.5 million visits each year and over 6 million digital visits; living every day to the fullest and looking forward to many more decades of service.

Display in Library Foyer (12 Oct - 14 Dec) Display in Library Foyer (12 Oct - 14 Dec)

The Library: your story The Library: your story

Step into the Library and walk in the footsteps of students from the last 50 years – with our virtual library experience, alive with memories, images and video from 1960s to today.

Memories Memories

Alumni memories #1 Baby-sitting from a distance 

Alumni memories #2 Carrels, King Lear and grey matter

Alumni memories #3 A reverential retreat and those disappearing stairs

If you have memories you'd like to share with us you may email: lib.50yrs@uea.ac.uk

Ode to the Library Ode to the Library

The 50th Anniversary also inspired some of our current students to hold an evening, in conjunction with Eggbox publishing, called “Ode to the library”.

Concrete, the student newspaper, reported on the evening.

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