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Teenage Section

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Exterior View of Library

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Easy Seating

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Children's Furniture

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Children's Area



Location : Central to village opposite the car park. The new building was built on the site of the old Great Shelford library.

External features: Street scene maintained - the building looks like 2 houses with gabled roofs.The site is shared with 5 keyworker flats, 4 on the first floor above the library and one at the back of the site above the garages.Landscaping includes the provision of bat boxes, a bird box and a swallow hotel.

Internal design: The emphasis is on spaciousness and light. There are large windows at each end of the building and smaller ones down one side. Colour is achieved through the soft furnishings and the signage.

There are 2 self service machines in the library.

A Police surgery is run from the building and there are special "Engage" computer sessions run for the over 50's. The library services a number of reading groups.


Shortlisted for the East of England RICS award in the "Community Benefit" category

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Small community library


225 m2




Design Partnership (Ely)

Building contractor

Hill Partnerships

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Baby changing facilities, Equipment provision, Hosting of other agencies, Open learning provision, Services to particular groups

External features

Shared site, Building shape, Landscaping

Internal features

Design features

Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

Access to building, Access within building, Emergency features, Furniture height, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

Leonore Charlton

Furniture suppliers

Demco Interiors, ESPO, Norseman Direct, Peters

Services and facilities suppliers

CBS, 3M, Signs Express, Cambridge, Sirsidynix, Milliken

IT provision

Internet access, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, Number of public computer terminals: 10

Seats/study places