Shipping container solution for library

Southwark Council is planning to open a library housed in recycled shipping containers following the fire that closed Newington library.

17 March 2014

The council plans to spend £1.2m on the temporary library that is expected to stay in place for up to five years.

The closure of Newington library following a devastating fire in the adjacent town hall has been putting pressure on other libraries in the borough, and there is a growing demand from students for quiet study space and access to IT.  

A container library in the UK is unusual, but there is a precedent elsewhere. In the past Designing Libraries has reported on an innovative development in Indonesia that could set a new direction for permanent as well as temporary libraries for designers (and councils) with bold imagination. Click on the link below. 


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