Allyn and Betty Taylor Library

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Allyn and Betty Taylor Library
Allyn and Betty Taylor Library.jpg
The Allyn and Betty Taylor Library, as seen from Robarts Research Institute
Typeacademic library at University of Western Ontario
Criteria for collectionEngineering, Science, Health Sciences, Medicine and Dentistry
WebsiteAllyn and Betty Taylor Library

Located in London, Ontario, the Allyn and Betty Taylor Library is the second-largest academic library on the University of Western Ontario campus. It serves the faculties of Engineering, Science, Health Sciences and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.[1]


The Allyn and Betty Taylor Library was officially opened on November 22, 1991, with the design and construction of the new library funded through the Renaissance Campaign (1989 –1994). At the time of the Library's opening, Dr. Allyn Taylor (Western's Chancellor from 1976 to 1980) was quoted as saying: "My long association with Western is very close to my heart. Betty and I are proud and thankful indeed to have our names linked with this fine, new library, and can only say how grateful we are to the anonymous benefactor responsible." The $11.8 million three floor addition to the north side of the Natural Sciences Building had a total seating capacity of 1,000 in 1991.[2]

The Layout[edit]

The floor plan of the Allyn and Betty Taylor Library.

The main floor (M) contains the service desk, study rooms, as well as many large study tables, and is considered a "normal conversation area"; the two lower floors, Ground (G), and Lower Ground (LG), contain upwards of one hundred study cubicles for quiet study, and is considered a "silent area". There are also six floors (S1-S6), which are known collectively as "the stacks", and house the majority of the print collection.

Study Spaces[edit]

Collaborative learning spaces are ideal for preparing presentations, assignments, reciting presentations or studying on independently. All areas are AODA compliant. Media Rooms and Media Tables are bookable by the Western community and are equipped with various technology to facilitate collaboration, including multi-view display screens, adaptors, and projectors.[3]

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Coordinates: 43°00′40″N 81°16′24″W / 43.0111°N 81.2734°W / 43.0111; -81.2734