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The most recent addition to the University of Leicester campus is the £32 million David Wilson Library, which was designed by Associated Architects, completed in 2008 and formally opened by HM The Queen. This is a redevelopment of the original Library which was designed by Castle Park and Hook and opened in 1974. The new building, which won the 2008 RIBA East Midlands Award for Architecture, has 15,000 sqm of floorspace, more than a million books , 350 computers, a 500 seat lecture theatre, a bookshop and a cafe. David Wilson is a local construction magnate who donated £2 million to the cost of the building. He holds an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Leicester.
Interesting fact: The Library toilets have their own appreciation society on Facebook.