Public libraries & archives

Case studies illustrating architectural and design projects for public libraries and service hubs, archives and record offices.

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  • Barrow Central Library
    Barrow Central Library
    The total renovation of Barrow Central Library, Cumbria, was set in a Grade II listed Beaux-Arts style building.
  • Billingham Library and Customer Service Centre
    A £2.7million Library and Customer Service Centre in Stockton on Tees, has opened on the site of the town’s former Art Gallery and Council offices.
  • Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill Library
    An exemplification of future trends in libraries that featured as a case study at the 2013 Edge Conference in Edinburgh.
  • Blyth Family History Library
    A project to refurbish the existing family history area to house both lending and research materials at Blyth Library in Northumberland.
  • Bracknell Library
    Working closely with the library’s dedicated and passionate team thedesignconcept created an inviting space that encourages users to relax and linger.
  • Bridgeton Library, Glasgow
    Bridgeton Library, Glasgow
    The iconic Olympia cinema site in Bridgeton has been restored to its former glory with the new library as the focal point of this regeneration initiative.
  • Bromsgrove Library
    Working with a limited furniture budget FG Library & Learning achieved excellent value for money without compromising the overall vision for the library.
  • Bullwell and Riverside
    A public library was relocated as part of a £23 million project to provide a new joint service centre.
  • Canada Water Library interior
    The Canada Water landmark aluminium clad public library, shaped like an inverted pyramid, was designed to house 40,000 books and 2,500 DVDs.
  • Chelmsley Wood Library, Solihull
    As part of the Chelmsley Wood shopping centre regeneration project, the library needed to cater for all sections of the community.
  • Church Street Library
    Bisset Adams has redesigned Church Street library near Paddington in Westminster, to create a spacious and vibrant community hub.
  • City Library, Bradford
    City Library, Bradford
    When asbestos was discovered in Bradford Central Library in 2012, the Council decided to move to a new smaller site in Centenary Square.
  • Claude Ramsey Library, Greenwich
    GLL and thedesignconcept worked together to fulfil a vision to break down boundaries between the co-located library and leisure centre.
  • Craigmillar Library
    Craigmillar Library
    The Craigmillar Library in Edinburgh has brought new hope and spirit to an area seeing renewed investment, with many services brought under one roof.
  • Derbyshire Record Office
    Situated in a Victorian building spread over three floors, the new-look Record Office brings Derbyshire’s past to life for residents, visitors and students.
  • Dorking Library
    A popular public library moves into new premises.
  • Ealing Central Library
    The £2.2m refurbishment of Ealing Central Library was opened in September 2008.
  • Greenwich Centre Library
    Thedesignconcept introduced stimulating and inspirational furniture, gadget bars and digital technology to this exciting library space.
  • Gwent Archives
    Harrow Green planned and carried out the sequential move of 7km of archival material to a new home for Gwent Archives.
  • High Wycombe Library
    Lighting, graphics and exhibition spaces invite visitors to visit the upper floors of the new High Wycombe library.
  • Hull History Centre
    Harrow Green's role was to consolidate Hull's local studies and city archive collections into one new centre.
  • Idea Store Watney Market
    Idea Store Watney Market
    Bisset Adams was architect and lead consultant on an ambitious, Big Lottery funded Idea Store on the Commercial Road at Watney Market.
  • Johnstone Public Library
    Within days of the handover to Renfrew Council Johnstone Town Hall was awarded ‘Development of the Year (Public Buildings)’ at the Scottish Property Awards.
  • Kendal Library
    A public library design project to incorporate existing shelving and introduce modern technology solutions.
  • Kingston Library, Milton Keynes
    The design and furnishings of the new library in the shopping centre create the 'wow' factor from the moment you walk in.
  • Liverpool Central Library: Creating the new archive centre
    The new archive repository is one of the largest outside London and required careful long-term planning by the chosen consultants Bruynzeel.
  • Manchester Central Library
    The decision to completely redesign and refurbish Manchester’s historic Central Library created the huge task of packing, moving and storing more than a million books.
  • Milford Haven Library
    The public library was taken out of the centre of this port town and relocated on the outskirts away from the centre of the community.
  • National Railway Museum Archives
    Behind the scenes at the NRM lies a vast railway archive and library, holding a unique accumulation of knowledge about the history of the railway.
  • Oldbury Library, Sandwell
    The library, housed on the ground floor, needed to be fresh, modern, bright and contemporary with defined areas worked into the design.
  • Palmers Green Library, Enfield
    After a year-long closure, the library opened its doors to a multitude of new features installed over the library’s two floors.
  • Plymouth Central Library
    Plymouth City Council’s decision to relocate the library to the heart of the city was a strong influence on the design idea for the space.
  • Shirley Library
    Shirley Library
    A design and bespoke furnishing project for Solihull Council that brought the street - and its streetwise readers - into the library.
  • Southwater One, Telford
    A new build library and council customer service point, stylishly designed by Opening the Book.
  • Wakefield One
    The new library in the Wakefield One city centre service hub.
  • Washington Library, Sunderland
    As part of the Washington Town Centre library modernisation project, the library needed a light bright interior, with improved access and an exceptional customer experience.
  • Woking Library
    Woking's flagship library is Surrey’s largest and busiest library with a clear vision for the facilities, aesthetics and visitor experience.

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