The project has been granted planning permission and once a contractor is on board work is due to start in January 2013 with a completion date set for late 2014.
The centre will provide a ‘one stop shop’ for a range of student services, putting accommodation, finance, registry and student support functions under one roof.
The centre will also be home to an integrated learning centre for group working, new IT facilities, a state-of-the-art media centre and will offer a 24-hour reading room.
The Albert Sloman Library extension will include an archive and special collections book store, 24-hour postgraduate study area, additional study space and library shelving and an expanded student book collection.
Richard Halsall, Deputy Director of the Capital Development Team, said: “We are looking forward to getting work underway on this project as it will improve facilities for our students and staff, and bring student services together more cohesively.”
Designs for the scheme have been drawn up by architects Patel Taylor.
The project is part of the University’s £200m-plus capital investment plan.