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High Wycombe Exterior

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Circular reading pods

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Self Service Facilities

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Head Space - Teenage zone

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Children's Library

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IT terminals

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Signage and movable shelving



The library has been designed to present a beacon of learning and imagination for the community and is reflected in the high profile presence of the new building. This idea is graphically presented with references to the surrounding Chiltern Hills, the historical importance of the woodlands and of timber. Beech has been used as a key material in the interior, complementing a cool, neutral palette utilising natural materials and maximising the use of natural daylight.

The graphic identity makes use of tree rings and a palette of fresh green and purple to reflect the beech woods and bluebells surrounding High Wycombe.

The Children's library reflects and builds upon the main library's branding concepts in a more playful and engaging way. The circular ideas have been extended to include spherical reading pods,trees and a tiered circular story area.

Flexibility is a feature of the building with many sliding partitions enabling rooms of different sizes and function to be created.

Additional features are: quiet study area, community rooms which are also use for delivering learning, a HeadSpace (teenage library) and museum display cases.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Central/Main library/LRC


2328 m2





Building contractor

Vivid Interiors Ltd

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Meeting rooms, Open learning provision, Public address system, Sound and image processing facilities, Specialist subject collections, Teaching rooms

External features

Shared site

Internal features

Design features, Structural

Energy efficiency

Lighting, Ventilation

Accessibility provision

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

Interior designer

Bisset Adams

Furniture suppliers

Crib 5, FG Library Products

Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

Electronic information displays, Internet access, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 36

Seats/study places