FaulknerBrowns' approach to designing libraries is not based on replicating the traditional model of a library – a hushed book repository - but it starts with the user identifying the many and varied needs of our multi-cultural society. At Shepherd Bush we create a dynamic centre for learning, a warm and welcoming place for social interaction, a quiet place for study where you are able to experience the most up-to-date IT facilities.
This has resulted in the project exceeding expectations to both the Council's and the developer's delight. In the first six months of opening (September 2009 to March 2010), the library has seen a 50% increase in books being borrowed, and a 300% increase in new members. In the first year alone the library attracted over 390,000 visitors.