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Floor plan showing the new layou

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Children's Library

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Dartmouth Library is housed in The Flavel, a shared community building in prominent town centre location, which was sympathetically designed in 2005 to fit conservation area.

A multi-purpose venue, The Flavel also houses the library's learning suite, a cafe, cinema/theatre/performance space and meeting rooms for community use.

Dartmouth Library was relaunched in March 2010 with a new layout and interior design. It features a bright but warm colour scheme based on Devon Libraries' brand. Consultation with local disability campaigning and empowerment charity Living Options has resulted in clearer signage and space which is disabled-friendly.

With new books, movable shelves to allow for events, a dedicated area for young people including IT and study space, new modern furniture, improved study space,

wi-fi, simple self-service facilities, and a friendly, helpful team of staff, Dartmouth Library is the first of Devon's libraries designed for the 21st century.


Longlisted for 2005 Public Library Building Awards

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Small community library


300 m2




NPS South West Ltd

Building contractor

JNE Construction

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Cafe/refreshment areas, Equipment provision, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Meeting rooms, Open learning provision, Teaching rooms

External features

Shared site, Shared building, Materials

Internal features

Design features

Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

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

Interior designer

Ryder Architecture Ltd.

Furniture suppliers

Radford HMY Group Ltd

Services and facilities suppliers

Intellident, Insight media (iCAM), Toshiba

IT provision

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

Seats/study places