Batley Library 05

The teen library

Batley Library 03

The reference library

Batley Library 02

The lift

Batley Library 01

Aerial view of the counter

Batley Library 04

A view of the counter and balcony above



Batley Library is a Grade 2 listed building sitting within the Market Place Conservation area. It was opened to the public in 1907 and was funded by a donation from Andrew Carnegie. After many attempts to improve access to the first floor, approval for a lift was finally achieved in 2003 and building work started in September 2004. The extension housing the lift also contains disabled toilets on both the ground and first floors.

During the course of the refurbishment the opportunity was also taken to replace the heating system, redecorate the whole building, recarpet, provide new wooden shelving and furniture. A major change to the library has been a new circular counter located in the centre of the lending library. This has helped to open up the space and allows customers to enter the building in a more leisurely manner.

A local company (AMA) has been used for the shelving units for the Sound and Vision and Teenage area giving this section a very modern look.

Following consultation with local children, the Children's Library is now very bright and light, has plenty of seating to suit all ages and has 2 computers for the children to use. The Reference and Local Studies Library is lighter and brighter but still offers a quiet study area for those carrying out research or studying for exams.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Medium sized town library


1094 m2




Design & Property Services

Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Audiovisual/Multimedia areas

External features


Internal features


Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology

Interior designer


Furniture suppliers

FG Library Products

Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

Number of public computer terminals: 10

Seats/study places