Bournemouth Library 05

Meetings Suite

Bournemouth Library 04

Children's Zone

Bournemouth Library 03

1st floor interior with view of Gallery Zone (2nd floor)

Bournemouth Library 02

Interior - Ground floor entrance

Bournemouth Library 01

Exterior - front entrance



Triangular, extensively glazed building with solar panels, brise soleil and much use of natural daylight and electronic building management system to minimise energy use.

Open plan and services within raised floor give flexibility of use.

Building zoned to provide a choice of environments

Children's and Teen Zones

Exhibition Zone

Archives Room with Local Heritage materials

Meeting suite

Building fully DDA compliant

Baby changing facilities

PCs integrated with bookstock

Public address system

Web cam

Audio listening points


CILIP & EMERALD Public relations & publicity awards 2002 - Winner Promotional campaign over ?500., British Construction Awards 2003 - Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award 2003., Short listed for Public Private Finance Awards 2003 - Best Operational Local Government Project 2003 and Best Design Project 2003., Civic Trust Awards 2003 - Commendation for valuable contribution to quality and appearance of the environment.

15 years on...

Pictures published by the Daily Echo in April 2017

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Medium sized town library


3850 m2




Building Design Partnership

Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Equipment provision, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Meeting rooms, Open learning provision, Provision of special materials, Services to particular groups, Specialist subject collections

External features

Art works, Nature of site, Shared site, Building shape, Materials, Landscaping

Internal features

Design features, Health and safety provision, Staff accommodation/facilities, Structural

Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Critical distances, Emergency features, Furniture height, Parking, Signage / guiding

Interior designer


Furniture suppliers

Demco Interiors

Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

Internet access, General, Number of public computer terminals: 50

Seats/study places