Cathays Library 04

Children's Library

Cathays Library 03

Contemporary Interior

Cathays Library 02

Shelving and Parquet Flooring

Cathays Library 01

Cathays Library Grade II Listed Exterior



This historic Grade 2 Listed building has been transformed into a cool, creative, contemporary space.

The renewed building has an improved layout highlighting the dramatic architectural features, modern furniture, vibrant colours and offers an enhanced range of services, making it an inspiring and stimulating environment in which to work, read, or just sit and relax.

The modern shelving is stocked with new books - a generous selection of fiction, non-fiction and talking books and DVDs. There is also a designated children's area, upgraded ICT facilities including WiFi connectivity and 15 public access PCs which are free to use.

The refurbishment includes the re-introduction of the west wing, re-instatement of wood block flooring, decoration which enhances the existing architectural features, and a community room which can be used by local groups for meetings and activities.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

District/area library


412 m2




Cardiff Council: Project, Design & Development

Building contractor

ISG Pearce, Ltd

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Baby changing facilities, Equipment provision, Group study spaces, Meeting rooms, Sound and image processing facilities

External features

Nature of site, Building shape, Materials, Landscaping

Internal features

Design features, Staff accommodation/facilities, Structural

Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Furniture height, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

Cardiff Council: Libraries Management

Furniture suppliers

Design Concept

Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 15

Seats/study places