The Hertfordshire Performing Arts Library shares a large converted warehouse building with a range of library central stock services such as Outreach Services, Stock Services, Library Logistics and Distribution, Library Promotion and a large store of archived reference materials. The Performing Arts Library is located at the front of the building, in a purpose built internal space and is accessible by members of the public. The rear, gated entrance is used by Mobile Libraries, transit vans and other delivery vehicles on a daily basis. The Performing Arts Library houses a wide range of playsets, music scores, poetry as well as DVDs and CDs.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Special library


120 m2




Mace Group

Building contractor

Ashe Construction Limited

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Meeting rooms, Provision of special materials, Services to particular groups, Specialist subject collections, Teaching rooms

External features

Shared site

Internal features

Design features

Energy efficiency

Control mechanisms, Lighting

Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Parking

Interior designer


Furniture suppliers

Bomefa, Crossbrook, Demco Interiors, Gresswell, Rackline

Services and facilities suppliers

East Herts Signs, Serco, Rackline, Premier Moves

IT provision

Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 2

Seats/study places