• Library Buildings in Europe

  • The Library Buildings in Europe website records  examples of good and interesting library buildings throughout Europe; it is a benchmarking tool for all those involved in new or refurbished library building projects including librarians, architects or any other professionals.

    The aim is to inspire and support anyone working on a library building project – a new building, an extension, a renovation, or a reworking of interior spaces. The wide variety of case studies will enable those involved in such projects to pick up on new trends, to share knowledge and experience, and to learn from, and make contact with, each other.

    Members of the LIBER Architecture Group (LIBER LAG) are delighted to offer this project as a tool to stimulate innovative ideas and new approaches to transforming the library model in the 21st century.

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  • Headington Library Oxford Brookes University library building architecture design exterior view
    Nick Kane , Oxford Brookes University

    Headington Library

    Oxford, 2014.

    The library in the university’s new award-winning John Henry Brookes building opened in February 2014. Library team wanted to create a new experience for our users by providing a library that would be an inspirational space for study, learning and research, provide easy access to information resources, both printed and electronic, be fully IT enabled, be easy to navigate, be both welcoming and secure, provide a range of working space for users (silent, quiet, social, group), provide an uplifting working environment for LR staff, facilitate the development of improved services and take into account the needs of self-service operation.

    Key to the building’s development was the overall aim to bring together a number of previously distributed services to improve the user experience. The openness and permeability of the design means that library users have easy access to a range of range of other facilities including Careers, Student Central, the Students’ Union, as well as social learning areas, teaching rooms and catering.

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