Durham Clayport Library is an innovative state of the art building on 3 floors situated opposite the Gala Theatre in Millennium Place, just off Claypath which leads from the Market Place. The building is accessible to wheelchairs and has lifts, automatic doors, disabled toilets and a loop system installed.
The library formed part of the Durham Millenium City Project and was awarded the Public Library Building Award 2003 for the best new public library in the United Kingdom and Ireland, in the large new library category. The award, from the Library Council, was presented to Durham Clayport Manager, June Gowland, at the Public Library Conference in Torquay on September 16. Thirty-four libraries were nominated for the award with a final shortlist made up of Durham Clayport and libraries in Norwich, Bournemouth and Dublin.
This prestigious award has been given to the library as we have made such a huge positive impact on the lives of the people in Durham City and surrounding area. This has been achieved by significant partnership working with New College, Education in the Community, Connexions, the Education Department and local voluntary groups in Durham County, with a genuine team effort from the staff at Durham Clayport Library.
Winner - Public Library Building Award 2003 for the best new public library in the United Kingdom and Ireland, in the large new library category.
Type of library
MacCormac, Jamieson and Prichard
Features and services
Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Retail outlets, Services to particular groups, Services to particular groups, Specialist subject collections
Nature of site, Shared site, Shared building
Access between floors, Access to building, Assistive technology, Signage / guiding
Durham County Council: Jill Egglestone
Antocks Lairn, Godfrey Syrett (Peal Furniture), Lift (UK) Ltd, NESS Furniture, Point Eight, Ambic, T.M.Gibson
Services and facilities suppliers
Internet access, Number of public computer terminals: 44