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Reception Area

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Entrance and Reception

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Computer Terminals

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Coffee Machine and Seating

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Castle Themed Children's Library

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Stairs with Feature Lighting



The original building was constructed as an art school in 1890. It became a library in 1959 and was extended in 1974. The public areas then measured 350 square metres which were located on five levels and this caused serious access problems for customers and staff. The recent development project has linked the existing ground floor of the old library with one floor of a new mixed use building which also houses retail and office space. The public areas are now housed on two floors which are linked by a passenger lift and a short flight of stairs with feature lighting . The ground floor space (80sm) is used as a reception area and for displays, quick pick selection and self service issue, return and internet. All the main services are housed on the first floor and they include a castle themed children's library (Animania), a flexible performance space in the non-fiction area with mobile shelf units, an extended local history centre, public toilets, a coffee machine and a meeting room. The internal design brief asked for "something spectacular with quality products that work" and what has been created is a flexible, imaginative and vibrant space for the whole community.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Medium sized town library


1200 m2




Shropshire County Council

Building contractor

Read Construction

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Meeting rooms, Public address system, Retail outlets, Services to particular groups, Specialist subject collections

External features

Nature of site, Shared site, Shared building

Internal features

Design features

Energy efficiency

Lighting, Materials used, Ventilation

Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Critical distances, Emergency features, Furniture height, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

FG Library products

Furniture suppliers

Animania, FG Library Products, Norseman Direct, Remploy Library Solutions

Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

Electronic information displays, Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 15

Seats/study places