Images

Images

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Signs to the children's library

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Lobby

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Looking out

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Workstations and group study area

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Audovisual area

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Entrance

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Children's Library

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General View

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Counter

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Workstations

Description

Description

An imaginative interior design for a community library at the heart of an important community learning facility. Also a relatively rare example of a community library managing the direct provision of a college library service.

This new building is owned by Josiah Mason College, an FE college offering 100 student places a day for 14-19s on this post war estate rejuvenated by the Castle Vale Housing Action Trust over the past 10 years.

The community library will provide the college library resources in return for peppercorn rent. Other partners / tenants in the building are the city-run Neighbourhood Advice and Information Service, Castle Vale Tenats and Residents' Alliance, North Birmingham Credit Union and venture entreprise units.

It's a very exciting community building with a single prominent entrance inviting all building users / customers through the community library to the other services.

Features include a small open cafe in the library with drop-in internet, teenage area, children's library with dedicated homework space, group study and quiet study areas, and stunning signage designed by 'newenglish'.

The essence is an open and welcoming service that provides people with comfortable, vibrant and visible space, providing the key features of a modern library service in a transparent and supportive environment.

Opened 6 March 2006 - a case study for people interested in the proactive role that a community library can play in dual-use / colocation scenarios.

The college opens in September 2006.

Awards

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The Building

The Building

Type of library

Multi-purpose building

Size

600 m2

Floors

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Architect

Associated Architects

Building contractor

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The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Meeting rooms, Open learning provision, Services to particular groups, Specialist subject collections

External features

Shared building, Building shape

Internal Features

Design features, Structural

Energy efficiency

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Accessibility provision

Signage / guiding

Interior designer

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Furniture suppliers

Point Eight

Services and facilities suppliers

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IT provision

Internet access, Number of public computer terminals: 27

Seats/study places

60

Stock

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