The Hive contains over a quarter of a million books and 12 miles of archive collections, together with meeting rooms, exhibition spaces and a studio theatre.
Individual and group working areas are provided throughout the five floors together with over 500 desktop computers.
This includes an Art Space & Exhibition building and a 2,000-seat capacity Sports Arena built as a new facility for sports, events, a base for the Worcester Wolves basketball team, a national centre of excellence for disability sports and as a further teaching and office space.
In 2005 the Privy Council granted university status.
The institution was renamed "University of Worcester" in September of that year.
The buildings of the original infirmary, which remain, are the work of the noted eighteenth-century architect Anthony Keck.
Work began in January 2007, and cost approximately £120 million.
In 2010 the HM Privy Council conferred Research Degree Awarding Powers on the University.
In the same year, the University opened the City campus in the renovated former Infirmary to create a home for the Business School.
Henry Hines came to Worcester from the Canterbury Technical Institute as the principal of the College. During his time at the College, in the 1970s the Council for National Academic Awards validated the degrees for the Worcester College of Higher Education and the former Peirson Library, now The Peirson Study and Guidance Centre was opened.
The third principal of the College, David Shadbolt, started his leadership in 1978 bringing a new system of organisation, based around three schools – Education and Teaching Studies, Arts and Sciences.
The University plans to develop a third campus on the disused Grove Farm, a 47-acre (190,000 m) piece of land 1-mile (1.6 km) from St John's campus.
It is adjacent to the A44 and well connected to the City’s transport network.
All Worcester Business School courses are run here, including undergraduate and postgraduate courses.