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Sussex Library Guide for Schools and Colleges

History of Sussex Library

sketch of Sussex University campus in 1960s

The Library was opened by the Queen in 1964. It was designed by Sir Basil Spence and was one of the first campus buildings to be used. The team, led by Spence, were responsible not only for the building itself but also for the furniture and fittings, including bookshelves, chairs and study spaces.The building from an aerial view is set to resemble an open book, with the main Library building steps the spine of book. The story goes that Sir Basil Spence is said to have incorporated so many steps at the entrance to the Library so that students had to "physically" earn their education!