The Duston School
The Duston School receives the Library Design Award 2012

Runners up in the awards were Cheltenham College and Front Lawn Junior School, Havant. The awards were presented by Brian Selznick (centre), author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

The winning library was announced in conjunction with the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award at the School Libraries Celebration Day on 1st October. The day highlighted the impact a great school librarian and a well-designed library can make on learning and teaching.

Julie Ricketts, Business Enterprise and Hub Task Group Co-ordinator at The Duston School, said: “We didn’t really have that many students through the door before the redesign, and now we have more than 3,000 student visits every week! It has had a huge impact on how the students use the space – the redesign has been amazing. The students are really enthusiastic about our library and will be delighted to know that we have won this award for one of the best designed school libraries in the country.”

The finalists were selected by a judging panel after an in-depth assessment of all the outstanding submissions against a set of design guidelines that included innovation, creativity and resourcefulness. Judges visited all the shortlisted schools and held interviews with the school librarians. 

This is the second year that Demco Interiors has sponsored the award. Scott Grant, General Manager, made an impassioned plea to the audience to cajole colleagues, friends and fellow professionals, who may be in the middle of the design process for their own library, to seriously consider supporting this award. "It is all part of the long and intensive process of championing the library in today’s environment.”