The Healthcare Studies Library at Caen University: a pooled resource for training and research in healthcare issues

The planned new Healthcare Studies library at the University of Caen aims not only to modernise access to resources, but also to bring them together in one training and research hub offering a one-stop shop for medical, paramedical, and biomedical research. Taking account of contemporary library use, such as new technologies and their role as social spaces, has proved crucial in the architectural design process and in finalising – and differentiating – the various spaces within the building that have arisen as a result.