Images

Images

Durham Clayport Library 05

The evacuation plan

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An external view showing the north elevation

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The digital media section

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The reference section

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The Children's Library

Description

Description

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.

Awards

Winner - Public Library Building Award 2003 for the best new public library in the United Kingdom and Ireland, in the large new library category.

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Multi-purpose building

Size

1100 m2

Floors

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Architect

MacCormac, Jamieson and Prichard

Building contractor

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The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Retail outlets, Services to particular groups, Services to particular groups, Specialist subject collections

External features

Nature of site, Shared site, Shared building

Internal features

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Energy efficiency

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Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access to building, Assistive technology, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

Durham County Council: Jill Egglestone

Furniture suppliers

Antocks Lairn, Godfrey Syrett (Peal Furniture), Lift (UK) Ltd, NESS Furniture, Point Eight, Ambic, T.M.Gibson

Services and facilities suppliers

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IT provision

Internet access, Number of public computer terminals: 44

Seats/study places

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Stock

48,056