Winner of 'Public Library of the Year 2001', Stratford Library is Newham Council's flagship library. A fit-out of a developer's shell scheme, Stratford embraces modern library methods and technologies. More importantly, Stratford is a community hub, providing a safe, welcoming atmosphere where dialogue, community spirit and life-long learning take place.
Newham recognised that changes were required in creating a successful modern library. With the help of FaulknerBrowns, a strategy based on retail theories and specific community needs identified a zonal plan and dynamic internal aesthetic. Embracing the IT revolution, provision is made for private study, group study and general social interaction within focussed, stimulating internal environments.
The library has emerged as a community focal point - a beacon of best practice in ethnic integration into the out-of-school provision process, as well as being a venue for hosting ministerial meetings.