Refurbishment of the foyer at Central Library was intended to modernise the area and provide an additional seating/study area, refreshment area/vending machines, new flooring, public toilets, an additional meeting room (for hire) and more appropriate self-service kiosks.
- The heavy, permanent housing for self-service technology and the staff desk were removed.
- Updated vending/coffee machines were added.
- A study/meeting space was delineated using wooden flooring and power points were added.
- Standalone self-service kiosks were installed which are less intrusive to the space and sit against a wall rather than in the middle of the room.
- New flooring was installed (carpets/wooden) and this extended up to the half landing display area.
- New public toilets were installed, accessible from the foyer.
- A room directly behind the foyer was transformed into a fourth meeting room, available for hire by the public.
- Mobile shelving units were installed to provide a variety of ‘Quick Choice’ last minute treats for borrowers.
- A new staff pedestal was installed rather than a large desk, encouraging staff and visitors to mingle and self-serve.
- New signage and map of the city installed for public information.
- Improved heating system was installed to ensure the area remains warm and welcoming.
Type of library
Features and services
Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Meeting rooms, Specialist subject collections, Self-service kiosks, Mobile Library, Home Library Service
Central Library is a Grade II Listed Building (List entry Number: 1424282)
Details can be found on the Historic England website: http://historicengland.org.uk (direct link to library entry: http://tinyurl.com/hyg4v6x )
“Architectural interest: a commanding façade with skilful articulation of the geometric colonnade incorporating contrasting curved elements and details in rich russet brick”
“Interiors: subtly detailed principal spaces that are carefully arranged with the massing of spaces and ceiling heights appropriate to the activity, and on the first floor a clever integration of clerestory lighting and bespoke lighting fixtures”
“Artworks: a small but diverse collection of painting and sculpture made or installed in direct response to the library spaces, the period in time, and the new town” (Historic England)
Access: Via automated doors at the front entrance. There is a lift available to the first floor for adult lending and children's services. Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Dogs for the Disabled are welcome.
Parking: Disabled parking spaces are available at the front of the library along with pay and display parking. Parking is free after 6pm.
Services and facilities suppliers
Civica - Spydus Library Management System
Bibliotheca security gates and self-service technology
RFID, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 19
Children’s Library 30+
Lending Library 70+
Reference Library 60+