Imperial College London

Chris Banks

Central FacultyLibrary Services

Assistant Provost (Space), Director of Library Services



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Director's Office, Level 2 Admin OfficeCentral LibrarySouth Kensington Campus





Chris Banks, FRSA, is Director of Library Services.

Chris joined Imperial College in September 2013 as Director of Library Services. She had previously worked at the University of Aberdeen where she was University Librarian and Director of Library, Special Collections and Museums, and at the British Library where she spent over 20 years in a variety of curatorial, management and strategic roles. At Aberdeen Chris was the library lead on the award-winning £57m library project and The Sir Duncan Rice Library was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in September 2012.

Chris is active internationally in both LERU and LIBER. In the UK she acts in a strategic capacity through membership of a number of publishing and open science boards. She has a particular interest in open science and open scholarly communications and is enjoying the many publisher innovations which have arisen from the UK open access policy landscape. She continues her interest in music, acting as Trustee to a number of music research organisations, serving as an elected Vice President of the Royal Musical Association and through her membership of the London Philharmonic Choir. 

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Banks C, 2016, Focusing upstream: Supporting scholarly communication by academics, Insights: the Uksg Journal, Vol:29, Pages:37-44


Banks CA, 2013, From stronghold to threshold: new Library and new opportunities, University Libraries and Space in the Digital World, Editor(s): Matthews, Walton, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Pages:85-100, ISBN:9781409423829

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