The clients brief for this project was that library should act as a "public anchor" for the community. Libraries connect people to knowledge and our challenge was to produce a creative environment to facilitate this. The library space was designed to encourage people to use the facility - to draw people into the library, by having a positive "public face" with a presence that is obvious to passers-by.
The library is successful - within the first week loans matched the equivalent of one months' worth of loan from the previous facility. Visits have increased by 700% and loans have increased by 500%. The sophisticated design solution functions well and has become part of the community. The retail "book store" approach to the design reflects the council's commitment to high quality design in its public services.