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First Floor Customer Service desk

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Ground Floor non-fiction area, showing graphic panel

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Self-service area and entrance

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Children's Library

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Huntingdon Library and Archives front windows

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Huntingdon Library and Archives from north-east corner

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Huntingdon Library and Archives, south-east elevation



Location: Adjacent to town-centre shops, car parks and the bus station, on the site of the previous Huntingdon Library building opened in 1971. Part of a re-development of several county council properties, next door to the renovated listed building which now houses the registry office and close to a new development of apartments.

External features include Cambridge brickwork, an attractive curve to the south east corner, cedar cladding and double-height windows along the front facade.

Internal emphasis on spaciousness high ceilings & tall polished concrete columns, light including a central vent to roof level from the Ground Floor and colour achieved though soft furnishings, graphic panels & signage. High proportion of public space.

Ground Floor includes a children's library inspired by the Green Knowe stories of local author Lucy Boston, a teenage area, Quick Pick section, cafe, staff workroom and offices for the local Cromwell Museum curator and 'nextsteps' careers advice service for adults.

First Floor includes a Learning Centre, study areas and meeting / activity rooms providing flexible space for up to 60 people, staff room, the Local Studies collections and the Cromwell Collection one of the best collections on the Civil War outside academic libraries. Huntingdon Library and Huntingdonshire Archives Service are together for the first time in this building, so also on the first floor are the Archives Search Room and temperature and humidity-controlled storage facilities for manuscripts and other archive materials.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Medium sized town library


1750 m2




Crampin Pring McArtney Gant

Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Meeting rooms, Services to particular groups, Specialist subject collections

External features

Shared building, Building shape, Materials, Materials

Internal features

Design features, Structural

Energy efficiency

Control mechanisms, Energy conservation, Lighting, Materials used, Structural factors, Ventilation

Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Critical distances, Emergency features, Equipment controls: location, Furniture height, Parking, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

Leonore Charlton

Furniture suppliers

Bruynzeel, Demco Interiors, ESPO, FGM, Furniture at Work, Norseman Direct, Opening the Book, Peters, Saber Office Furniture Ltd

Services and facilities suppliers

Sirsidynix, Pickfords, Milliken, Cabbola, Bizstream, 3M

IT provision

Electronic information displays, Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 67

Seats/study places