Idea Store Bow 09

Help Desk

Idea Store Bow 08

New Books Display

Idea Store Bow 07

Computer Lab

Idea Store Bow 05

Bow Cafe

Idea Store Bow 01

Interior showing the help desk, reading area and cafe



Conversion plus use of Passmore Edwards Library places limitations on identity. Cafe at entrance to library. Idea brand seeks a retail image in a non-stereotypical or municipal environment. Emphasis on education. 3 Learning Labs Children's library Sight and Sound Space Videowall and plasma screens Internet access Photocopying and fax facilities Self service terminals


LGC Innovation of the Year 2003 (Highly Commended), Civic Trust 2004 (Mention) For buildings making a social or economic contribution to the community.

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Medium sized town library


1125 m2




Bisset Adams

Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Equipment provision, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Meeting rooms, Public address system, Services to particular groups

External features

Shared site, Shared building

Internal features

Design features, Staff accommodation/facilities

Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Critical distances, Parking, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

Bisset Adams

Furniture suppliers

Furniture File

Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 37

Seats/study places