By Rosa Smith, News Editor
Royal Holloway’s brand new Emily Wilding Davison building opened its doors on Wednesday 13 September for the first time, ahead of the new academic year.
The huge building, which contains the new library, student services centre, shop, and careers and recruitment hub, has taken only 23 months to complete – although this may feel longer for students who navigated their way around the construction site for the past year.
The first books were moved onto their new shelves on Monday 1 August, mainly consisting of music and drama. The collection was previously stored in the Depository, however, the new space means that the books are now directly accessible from the shelves.
The new Union Shop opened on Monday 11 September and sees a vast improvement on the old shop, which is due to close on Friday 3 November. The shop is 2.5 times bigger, and stocks fresh meat, vegetables, and ready meals. A new dedicated vegetarian and vegan section is also available, as well as more Co-op budget items. The shop also now stocks all RHUL clothing, and has new, extended opening hours – 8am – 11pm, every day, in and out of term.
The building will be formally opened by HRH The Princess Royal on Wednesday 18 October.