Oldham Library and Lifelong Learning Centre brings together children's, adult and reference libraries, a performance space, IT provision and teaching rooms under one roof.
The building shares an entrance with the adjoining Gallery Oldham and is the second phase of the new cultural quarter in Oldham.
Services and facilities are provided over two floors:
General lending stock - fiction, non-fiction, community languages, large print, talking books, CDs, DVDs and computer games
Public access PCs
Formal and Informal seating and tables
Meeting and interview rooms
Library and Lifelong Learning information points Creche and childcare facilities Staff accommodation and administration rooms Public toilets with baby changing facilities Prayer room Home Library Service information point Performance Space - 80 seater multi-purpose, fully enclosed space Express Library - self-return and issue
Children's Library - books and computer facilities, storytelling area with a commissioned jungle-themed curtain by artist David Burns.
Teenage Library - incorporating a dedicated Homework Centre and young people's space.
Reference and Information Services - magazines, newspapers, books, encyclopaedias, maps, directories, guides, business information and online databases with accommodation for 150 people.
Teaching rooms for Lifelong Learning courses.
Specialist craft rooms and a dedicated dark room.
Oldham Library and Lifelong Learning Centre received a BREEAM BRE Environmental Assessment Method rating of "Very Good".
Rainwater is collected from a sedum roof, treated and stored. This is then pumped to flush the toilets throughout the building and reduce mains water usage.
The building relies predominantly on natural ventilation and light to minimise energy consumption.
Winner Public Project of the Year at 2006 Builder and Engineer Awards, , Shortlisted for Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award 2007, , Shortlisted for British Construction Industry Awards 2007, , Shortlisted for LABC Built In Quality Awards 2006
Type of library
Pringle Richards Sharratt
Kier North West
Features and services
Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Hosting of other agencies, Meeting rooms, Public address system, Specialist subject collections, Teaching rooms
Art works, Shared site, Shared building, Building shape, Landscaping
Design features, Structural
Energy conservation, Materials used, Structural factors, Water use
Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Critical distances, Furniture height, Parking
Services and facilities suppliers
General, Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 88