St Paul’s Cray Library is one of the smaller libraries in the London Borough of Bromley, as its size of the library was limited by the availability of building materials in post war Britain. Apart from the addition of a small foyer area, the library building remained much the same from the 1950’s until this summer when a major refurbishment programme took place, designed to provide a building which brings together the Library and Bromley’s Community Support Service which offers a range of learning and advice services for residents.
The library is now a bright and airy space, and the building is now much more environmentally friendly, with double glazed windows and energy efficient heating and lighting systems. The interior has been opened to provide a more flexible space: much of the furniture is mobile and can be moved easily to allow events which attract large numbers of people to be held there. There are other private rooms which can be used for confidential discussions with clients, together with an acoustic booth for private phone and zoom calls.