The library will be a network of connected spaces for meetings, collaboration and concentration, supported by multi-media resources. Split into zones to easily navigate the library, a spacious entrance area including a café leads to an extensive children’s section providing a wide array of books and spaces for story time, a play cave area for children to explore, a creative wall and a science and creativity zone.
Locating the children’s section on the ground floor will mean it is easy to access and feature a continuous book wall for children and their parents to browse, and creative booths and study areas will allow young adults the space to enjoy the library in their own distinctive space without children.
Cllr Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: "These designs show our dedication to our Local Plan pledge of creating a new Central Library and the best children’s library in the country.
"The library will be at the heart of the new Broadmarsh area as our residents’ feedback on what they wanted from a library have been at the heart of our design process – we think we have something that will be a brilliant addition to the city and a fantastic space for children to learn.”