Shepherd Construction has secured a contract to build the new £27.5m library facility for the University of Leeds in the UK.
The four-storey building will feature 1,000 study spaces, training rooms, community classrooms, a café and space for 6,800 linear metres of book stock.
The library is currently located in the Edward Boyle building on the main campus until the new building has been completed.
Construction of the facility is expected to be complete by the beginning of 2015.
University of Leeds vice-chancellor Michael Arthur said the university already has one of the best academic libraries in the country and the addition of the new undergraduate library will further improve that.
"This is a major investment, which will ensure that the University continues to provide an exceptional educational experience for our students and world-class facilities for our staff," Arthur said.
Shepherd Construction North region managing director Kevin Donegan said the project will enhance the university’s facilities and provide their students with a new learning environment.
"We are looking forward to working closely with the university, students and the local community throughout the construction programme, keeping them fully involved in the project as work progresses," Donegan added.
The new facility is one of several facilities that Shepherd has been appointed to construct at the university.
For the last five years, the construction firm has been involved in various university facilities, including the biosciences building, student services building, sports science buildings and the Garstang building.
Image: Groundbreaking ceremony of the new library building. Photo: Courtesy of University of Leeds.