Blueprint for a new kind of public library

The opening of The Word, the National Centre for the Written Word, was a welcome fillip to the UK public library sector after years of underinvestment. Is South Tyneside Council’s new cultural centre a sign of things to come? The Word opened to national acclaim in...

What universities can teach us about academic library design

Planning a library refurbishment or new build is one of the most significant projects a librarian or LRC manager can face in their professional life. Getting the balance between cost, space management and future-proofing is no simple task. We asked two managers who...

Stunning library at St Patrick’s College Dublin

A brand new library building opened this week at St Patrick’s College Dublin, in advance of a merger between two leading Irish colleges. St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, a teacher training college with strong ties to the Cathlolic Church dating back to 1875, had...