Images

Images

Cardiff Central Library 09

Children's Library

Cardiff Central Library 08

Signage

Cardiff Central Library 07

Interior

Cardiff Central Library 06

Returned book sorter

Cardiff Central Library 05

RFID machine

Cardiff Central Library 04

Children's Storytime area

Cardiff Central Library 03

Interior

Cardiff Central Library 02

Interior

Cardiff Central Library 01

Library Exterior

Description

Description

External features include a sedum roof, solar shading, a 24 hour returns kiosk (RFID) and disabled access.

Internal features include glass atrium, plasma screens, a baby grand piano, RFID security gates and self service machines, a dedicated children's floor with baby changing facilities, food and drinks vending, stationery vending, water fountains, lifts, toilets, Quick access PCs, childen only PCs, visual needs PCs, listening pods in the Music Department, reading and relaxation areas, study areas, an ICT suite, meeting rooms for hire, entertainment/events zone, C2C (Connect 2 Cardiff) hosting, and original artworks from artist Neil Canning.

Awards

BREEAM 'Excellent' rating, Green Apple Bronze Award for the built environment and architectural heritage 2009

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Central/Main library/LRC

Size

5100 m2

Floors

6

Architect

BDP

Building contractor

Laing O'Rourke

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Equipment provision, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Meeting rooms, Provision of special materials, Public address system, Services to particular groups, Sound and image processing facilities, Specialist subject collections, Teaching rooms

External features

Shared building, Building shape, Materials, Materials

Internal features

Design features, Health and safety provision, Security, Staff accommodation/facilities, Structural

Energy efficiency

Control mechanisms, Energy conservation, Heating, Lighting, Structural factors, Ventilation

Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Critical distances, Emergency features, Furniture height, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

BDP

Furniture suppliers

Demco Interiors, Eastlake, Flexiform, Herman Miller, Kinnarps, Opening the Book, Remploy Library Solutions, Senator, Steelcase

Services and facilities suppliers

Intellident

IT provision

Electronic information displays, Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 90

Seats/study places

-

Stock

100,000