Information Commons, SheffieldEdit profile
The Information Commons (also known as the IC) is a library and computing building in Sheffield, England, and is part of the University of Sheffield. The architects were the Edinburgh-based RMJM . The IC is located on Upper Hanover Street, close to the University tram stop. It opened on 10 April 2007 to staff and students of the University, although it was officially opened on 26 September 2007 by Harsh Srivastav, a graduate of the University and former President of the Students Union. The project was conceived and is jointly operated by the University Library and the Corporate Information and Computing Services (CiCS). Soon after opening, satirical British magazine, Private Eye questioned the appropriateness of the building's name as a "commons", pointing out that ordinary residents of Sheffield, temporary staff and visiting researchers from other universities are forbidden access. The IC has over 1,300 study spaces, 500 computers, and carries 100,000 texts . There is an information desk and a café on the ground floor, toilets and water fountains on all levels and shower facilities on the first level . The building is open to University of Sheffield staff and students 24 hours a day. In Autumn 2009 the building suffered an uncontrollable increase in temperature when more than 3000 students attempted to access its facilities at the same time.