The library has been designed to present a beacon of learning and imagination for the community and is reflected in the high profile presence of the new building. This idea is graphically presented with references to the surrounding Chiltern Hills, the historical importance of the woodlands and of timber. Beech has been used as a key material in the interior, complementing a cool, neutral palette utilising natural materials and maximising the use of natural daylight.
The graphic identity makes use of tree rings and a palette of fresh green and purple to reflect the beech woods and bluebells surrounding High Wycombe.
The Children's library reflects and builds upon the main library's branding concepts in a more playful and engaging way. The circular ideas have been extended to include spherical reading pods,trees and a tiered circular story area.
Flexibility is a feature of the building with many sliding partitions enabling rooms of different sizes and function to be created.
Additional features are: quiet study area, community rooms which are also use for delivering learning, a HeadSpace (teenage library) and museum display cases.
Type of library
Vivid Interiors Ltd
Features and services
Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Meeting rooms, Open learning provision, Public address system, Sound and image processing facilities, Specialist subject collections, Teaching rooms
Design features, Structural
Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Critical distances, Emergency features, Furniture height, Signage / guiding
Crib 5, FG Library Products
Services and facilities suppliers
Electronic information displays, Internet access, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 36