SCONUL 2016 Library Design Awards
The SCONUL Library Design Awards will be taking place in 2016. The awards aim to showcase and celebrate the very best in recent UK academic library design.
A space for reading
Ashburnham Community School gets a library space, thanks to the joint efforts of a charity, a book supplier and a library design company.
Hull library transformation now complete
The £28m transformation of the University of Hull’s Brynmor Jones Library has now been completed, providing a welcoming learning space for students.
School library redesign wins readers
A year on, following a complete refit of the library at St Augustine's primary school, more children than ever are enjoying reading.
What libraries should look like…
Is Scandinavia setting the trend? A story from Germany traces the influence of new thinking about the future of libraries and how they are changing lives.
Scottish Poetry Library reopens
The library, housing the world's largest collection of Scottish poetry, has reopened following a complete makeover.
Library and cultural hub wins design award
Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects are the winners in the WAN (World Architecture News) Civic Buildings Award 2015 for the dlrLexicon building, Dun Laoghaire.
Edinburgh in for design award
The refurbishment of Edinburgh Central Library's music and children's areas is a finalist in the Intelligent Design category of the SBID Design Awards.
Willesden Green library opens
The new library, which features an exhibition space, a museum, archives and a performance space, officially opened on Saturday 12 September 2015.
Library Design Showcase 2015
'American Libraries' has published its 2015 showcase of the best new library buildings and renovations, celebrating the past and adapting to the present.
The reading dome
Design studio Anagrama has created a lattice-work domed reading space for a new library in Mexico.
The best new public library in the world
Denmark has named the Kista Public Library in Stockholm as the year’s best new public library in the Systematic Public Library of the Year Award 2015.
Scandinavia's largest library
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has completed a 30,000 square metre library and Urban Mediaspace, known as Dokk1, in Aarhus, Denmark.
New Plymouth Central Library
Public consultation is underway on the planned interior and the range of services to be offered by the proposed new Central Library in Plymouth.
A bright and happy library
Bancroft’s Prep School in Woodford Green, Essex, is a great example of how a small space and a small budget are no barrier to high quality interior design.
Public library with indoor garden
An innovative public library with indoor garden has opened in historic Schiedam, The Netherlands, and will be open seven days a week.
Pork Pie library reopens
A new community hub based at a landmark Leicester City library officially opened on June 15th.
Rethinking the staff workplace
Ensuring that libraries are also great places for staff to work in begins with understanding how libraries are changing to address new user needs.
Fiction library for primary school
Courthouse Green Primary School in Coventry has a brand-new key stage 2 fiction library - a bright, colourful, comfortable space in which to read.
The library on the beach
A Chinese architect has created what must be one of the world's quietest reading spaces, on a beach outside the city of Qinhuangdao.
Library wins Development of the Year award
Days after the handover to Renfrew Council, Johnstone Town Hall was named ‘Development of the Year (Public Buildings)’ at the Scottish Property Awards.
Libraries as the 'third place'
A Guardian feature on France's public libraries describes the changing social role of libraries as the 'third place' next to home and workplace.
Reinventing the modern library
Slate profiles the six winners of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards - a collaboration between the American Institute of Architects and the ALA.
China Centre gets new mobile shelving
Ecospace’s shelving has been installed in the Bodleian K B Chen Library at The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building.
Wakefield's dementia-friendly library
FG Library has completed the refurbishment of Sandal Library in Wakefield, West Yorks, believed to be the first fully dementia-friendly library in the UK.
Archive is a gateway to history
The City of York’s new refurbished Archive has reopened, offering an accessible and inspirational archive experience for visitors as a ‘Gateway to History’.
Bodleian's Weston Library opens
Oxford's Bodleian opens to the public following an £80m transformation of the Weston Library where scholarship, research, conservation and digitisation meet.
The new libraries of Singapore
A photo essay on the new libraries of Singapore provides an opportunity to see how libraries are retaining their relevance in the digital information age.
Mapping mobile shelving in Liverpool
End panels printed with a 1970’s street map of Liverpool are a feature of one of three mobile shelving installations by Ecospace at Liverpool University.
The Word is out in South Shields
The first design concepts have been released for the planned new library and digital media centre in South Shields, to be called 'The Word'.
New library opens in Milton Keynes
Kingston Library, Milton Keynes, has relocated and officially opened in a purpose-built new building in the heart of the Kingston Centre shopping area.
School libraries as hubs of learning
The Guardian Teacher Network has published a feature on the design of school library spaces in the digital information age, where books and technology meet.
Design thinking toolkit for libraries
A new Design Thinking Toolkit for Libraries has been published and is free to download and use. It puts people and ideas at the centre of its methodology.
Designing shelving for access
The newly refurbished Elaine Thomas Library on the University for the Creative Arts Farnham Campus is designed to integrate the needs of disabled students.