Opened in September 2008, tlc@bedford is an innovative space for Royal Holloway on Level 2 of the Bedford Library. The space provides books, digital resources, IT facilities and group study areas in a fresh, contemporary environment.
The space has 220 seats organised to provide group study areas, 2 group study rooms. access to 50 PC workstations, a refreshment area, equipment loan facility, self-service book borrowing (including short loan collection) and printing, binding and photocopying facilities. Here is the floorplan.
tlc@bedford complements other facilities provided in the libraries at Royal Holloway by concentrating its facilities and resources on group and project work, providing a place for the conversations that you need to have to learn from others and get the best out of your time at Royal Holloway.
The emphasis in tlc@bedford is on variety of digital technologies and resources and providing flexibility of space so that you can study in whatever way suits you best.
At the very heart of the Royal Holloway campus, tlc@bedford has been designed as a fresh and modern environment to inspire and encourage collaborative and group learning.
In the spring and summer of 2008, the designers, Nomad RDC, spent time at the Bedford Library, observing how students and staff used existing library facilities. Using this and feedback from a student Facebook group, Loveyourlibrary, they came up with a fresh and innovative design. This has been transformed into a flexible space that can be customised to many requirements, including a choice of areas for group and project working. The colour palette is neutral with splashes of bright colour; the varied furniture is comfortable, classic and robust; the refreshment area offers quality products, and the whole is a sophisticated twenty-first century space conducive to study and learning.
tlc@bedford is just one part of a College-wide strategy to develop Royal Holloway's library facilities. It is designed to be flexible, fit for the future and capable of keeping pace with the fast-moving developments in teaching, learning and IT.