Opening the Book

Opening the Book is unique among library furniture suppliers as the pioneer of the reader development movement that sparked momentous changes in libraries.

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Discovery layout

We help libraries move from passive provision of books and resources to actively engaging the audience. At Opening the Book we have studied the way people move through a space, what causes them to pause and linger, what makes them pick up a book. We apply this knowledge to create a unique discovery layout for every library we design.

As well as being book promotion experts, we create libraries as successful ‘third spaces’ for different kinds of activity – learning, making, collaborating – from business advice to wellbeing hubs.

Opening the Book has trained more than 20,000 library staff across 5 continents. This dally interaction with libraries on the ground informs the practical flexibility of our designs. We are passionate about libraries and their future development – please get in touch if you are too.

Products and services

  • Online training courses to give your library a facelift
  • Library interior design and fit-out
  • Space and capacity planning
  • 3D visualisations
  • Library shelving and furniture
  • Makerspace, workspace, business space, advice and wellbeing hubs
  • Interior and exterior signage
  • Graphics and window manifestations
  • Collection layout and merchandising


Address for enquiries in the UK:

Opening the Book Ltd
80 Carleton Road
West Yorkshire

Tel: 01977 602188

Address for enquiries in the USA and Canada:

Opening the Book North America LLC
Water Tower Square, Suite 106
1000 Commerce Park Drive
Williamsport, PA 17701

Tel: 844 398 4460

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