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Barrow Library entrance

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Quotes from Tommy Cooper, Groucho Marx & Caitlin Moran

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Quote from Barrow Library customer

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Traditional features embraced

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Study area and new clock

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Original bookshelves refurbished

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During refurbishment

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During refurbishment

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External Barrow Library



This work is part of Cumbria County Council's plan to modernise and improve the library service by updating self-service machines and giving the building a refurbishment. The work has created a more welcoming internal entrance to the building with improved seating; relax and read community spaces; new shelving on wheels to allow the creation of space for community events; quieter study areas; more study areas; free WiFi; better lighting; improved flooring and decoration to improve the library's whole appearance. This stunning refurbishment has given Barrow Library the opportunity to deliver a quality library service, fit for the future.


Desmond Elliot Prize for library display, The Reading Agency's 100 best views competition.

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Central/Main library/LRC


800 m2




FG Library Products

Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Baby changing facilities, Exhibition/display areas

External features


Internal features

Design features

Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

Furniture height, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

FG Library products

Furniture suppliers

FG Library Products

Services and facilities suppliers

Milliken, 3M, Proserve GB, Nicholson Flooring

IT provision

Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 24

Seats/study places