The existing 14,500m² library, in the middle of the campus, was built in 1967 with an extension added in 1997. The original 1967 east building (8,328m²) is now to be overhauled while the newer west wing (4,629m²) will have a lighter refurbishment.
The 72-week project includes creating a new atrium from the existing courtyard, the installation of new furniture and fixtures, mechanical and electrical upgrades and the reconfiguration of the building's stairs and lifts.
It is the first refurbishment project on the campus to target a BREEAM Excellent standard.
Work starts this summer and it is expected to be finished by early 2016.
According to project architect Sheppard Robson: "The project will deliver a design that will be a flexible, adaptable and technology-enabled working and research environment... it will improve current users' experience and enhance their ability to study and obtain information effectively... all works will be carried out to the highest standard of workmanship and will facilitate outstanding service delivery to library users."