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Swindon Collection - local studies & family history

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Reading Room

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Children's Library

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Exterior view 2

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Exterior view 1



Swindon Central Library is a new four-storey building replacing the single storey temporary structure. The new library features three public floors, with the roof height identical to the existing Victorian Town Hall. This was achieved by placing the fourth floor - staff offices and storage rooms - within the roof space. The windows have similar proportions and the style to the Town Hall.

Access is through a cylindrical 'feature' entrance on Regent Circus. This structure is the full height of the building and has a high-ceilinged circular Reading Room built into the top, with views of Regent Circus and surrounding streets.

A landscaped central courtyard between the old and new buildings was created, along with an outdoor first-floor terrace. All external walls have bay windows and small window balconies that provide window seats and seating areas for reading and study.

The library is located in heart of the town centre and there are good transport links and amenities within close reach.

The library is naturally ventilated by passive stack ventilation. The entire building is heated by an underfloor system powered by two condensing gas boilers. Rainwater recycling is used to harvest water from the roof and solar water heating has been incorporated into the design.

The environmental impact of materials was reduced by specification of Green Guide A-rated products and the use of FSC-certified timber.


2007 - BREEAM Bespoke Award (Winner)., 2009 - Brick Development Association Award (Winner in sustainability category)., 2009 - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Awards (Commendation in sustainability design category).

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Central/Main library/LRC


3000 m2




Swindon Borough Council

Building contractor

Wilmott Dixon

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Group study spaces, Meeting rooms, Public address system, Specialist subject collections

External features

Building shape

Internal features

Design features

Energy efficiency

Control mechanisms, Energy conservation, Heating, Lighting

Accessibility provision

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

Interior designer


Furniture suppliers

Demco Interiors, Kinnarps

Services and facilities sSuppliers

Intellident, Infor

IT provision

Electronic information displays, Internet access, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, Number of public computer terminals: 61

Seats/study places