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Wakefield Library and Museum is situated in the new civic office building, Wakefield One. The building also houses over 1000 Council staff, a customer access point and a retail cafe.

The library and museum brings together services that were formerly spread across 3 buildings in the city centre creating a cultural centre point for citizens and visitors.

The library boast a book stock of 60,000 items, 65 PCs, state of the art equipment, free wifi, meeting spaces and a range seating and furniture.

The local studies library is now combined with the city museum to create an exciting new collaboration on the lower ground floor of the space which allows users to learn about local history as well as research their own.

The new facility provides Wakefield with a space in which the community can be engaged and inspired.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Multi-purpose building


2000 m2




Cartwright Pickard

Building contractor

Morgan Sindall

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Equipment provision, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Meeting rooms, Open learning provision, Provision of special materials, Public address system, Services to particular groups, Sound and image processing facilities, Specialist subject collections, Teaching rooms

External features

Nature of site, Shared building, Building shape, Materials, Materials

Internal features

Design features, Security

Energy efficiency

Control mechanisms, Energy conservation, General, Heating, Lighting, Materials used, Ventilation

Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Critical distances, Emergency features, Equipment controls: location, Furniture height, Signage / guiding

Interior designer


Furniture suppliers

FG Library Products, Flexiform, YPO

Services and facilities suppliers

Nordplan, Intellident, Insight media (iCAM), Harrow Green, Covergold Ltd, Axiell (formerly DS)

IT provision

Electronic information displays, General, Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 65

Seats/study places