Hook and Chessington Library 03

Hook Library Interior

Hook and Chessington Library 01

Hook Library Exterior



There are two entrances into a large and spacious foyer with a cafe and Council Information Point. The entrance to the library next to the reception desk and the library counter and reception area are adjoining. The general principle is to reduce backroom activities so the counter acts as workroom to allow staff to be available to help. A unique suspended ceiling design feature in the entrance hall has two purposes - to break up the height and to protect staff below from items which could drop from the internal window spaces above. There is self service RFID. The shelving is deliberately utilitarian to allow easy replacement. The computers both in the main library and the Learning Centre are on fold-down tables so that the desking can act as a study table. There is a meeting room and two small interview rooms available for hire.


Public Library Buildings Award 2007: The Heart of the Community

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Multi-purpose building


370 m2




Quintessential Design

Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Meeting rooms

External features

Shared building, Building shape

Internal features

Design features, Structural

Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access within building

Interior designer

Remploy Library Solutions

Furniture suppliers

Remploy Library Solutions

Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

Internet access, Number of public computer terminals: 16

Seats/study places