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Public Libraries

We believe that public libraries are the pivot of community life and culture. As a specialist library furniture manufacturer and design company, deeply embedded in our culture is the need to create great places for people to visit, enjoy and most importantly learn!

The value of public libraries has never been greater. Although there may have been a change in terms of actual book borrowing, libraries have never played a more important role in local community life. Our unique library designs allow for the inclusion of essential study and IT spaces as well as break out zones where people can relax. Our modern flexible shelving and display units allow the books to be promoted to encourage reader development.

We also specialise in creating vibrant and creative zones for families, children and young people and these are key to our successful designs. For more information, download the brochure below or get in touch with a member of our team today.

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Case studies

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Barrow Library

'The refurbishment has brought our beautiful building to life – it is now a warm and inviting place to visit and to work. People say ‘wow’ when they walk in, we love it!' Ruth Prosser, Senior Librarian, Barrow Library

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Bromsgrove Library

'Since the library reopened their visitor figures were the highest since August 2010, with over 16,000 people through the doors!'

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Chelmsford Library

'Our in-house team created a state-of-the-art space within the library, that will support learning, literacy, health and wellbeing.'

Check out the full public library design case study below.

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Dorking Library

'It was important that each zone was defined and that the split levels did not affect the overall visitor perception or experience. Each section needed to flow easily into the next and consideration needed to be given to the split level space.'

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Edmonton Green Library

'A stunning mix of our Landscape shelving in the children’s zone and Latitude shelving in the main library hub provides flexible space for books and multi-media in ‘zoned’ areas. With shelving for over 30,000 books and over 100 bookable PCs, this is truly a modern space for users of all ages.'

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Haverfordwest Library

'In the first six months since opening, visitor numbers topped 150,000 and the number of new library members also rocketed with 2,688 compared to just 255 in the same period twelve months previously.'

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Huddersfield Central Library

‘FG Library & Learning’s ability to manufacture in-house means they have control over lead-times and product quality, which offers reassurance to libraries with regards to delivery, timescales and budget.

I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending FGLL if you’re considering a library refurbishment, no matter what the size’ - Georgina Barraclough, Kirklees Libraries

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Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre

'Initial studies show visitor figures have increased by 139%, and user comments have been incredibly positive. According to Principal Librarian, Jane Sellwood, the benefits of the new facility are already being felt.'

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Woodseats Library

‘From inception to completion it was a real pleasure to work with FG Library and Learning. Andy, Josh and the team helped‘From inception to completion it was a real pleasure to work with FG Library and Learning. Andy, Josh and the team helped develop the design to create some great innovative ideas and the end result is a truly fabulous and inspiring space.

As a designer I really enjoyed working with FG Library, from start to finish they were very professional and helpful at all times and I look forward to working with the whole team again.’ - Kathryn Herold, Sheffield City Council develop the design to create some great innovative ideas and the end result is a truly fabulous and inspiring space.

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Wakefield One Library

Wakefield One is the new home for Wakefield’s flagship library and the city’s museum provision. The new four storey public building is also home to the council’s civic office and contains a customer access point, a café and office space.

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Ashford Gateway

This new build Gateway project offers a one stop shop where residents can access a broad range of services, including the public library.

The challenge was to work with a colour scheme and vision developed by the architect, that required a totally design led solution for the whole building to ensure a welcoming, vibrant public space.

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Carmarthen Library

Having undergone major refurbishment and an external facelift, Carmarthen Library re-opened with innovative, state-of-the-art technology, increased study space and improved stockholding. The £2.6 million investment was aimed at bringing Cultural Services to the forefront and in particular, supporting the library’s local history and Welsh/Anglo-Welsh collections.

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Derbyshire Records Office

Much of the furniture and shelving required bespoke treatment, to fit with a very specific brief and to simultaneously enhance the interior whilst maximising the available space. It was essential that the research environment felt familiar and comfortable for visitors.

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Canada Water Library

This landmark aluminium clad public library shaped like an inverted pyramid was designed by the architects CZWG to house 40,000 books and 2,500 DVD’s. FG Library worked with the design team on this £14 million project in Canada Water, London to provide the wonderful facility they have today.

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Edwinstowe Library

At Edwinstowe Library, FG Library & Learning created a fresh, contemporary colour scheme to ensure the space was light, bright and airy with a relaxing feel.

Not only is the library the wonderful, fresh, relaxing space envisaged, but the number of new users has doubled.

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Aylesbury Library

“I’ve been delighted with how the refurbished Aylesbury Library looks – the design and furniture works really well on a practical level and is also colourful and inviting, and helps create a really welcoming space which is what we wanted. Most importantly, we’ve had really positive feedback from our customers who especially love the new children’s section. “Lovely, light and bright” and “best place in Aylesbury” are amongst the many great comments we’ve been very happy to receive”.

David Jones, Head of Libraries and Culture, Buckinghamshire County Council.

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The Vaudeville Theatre

After an exhaustive sample process Nimax settled on a customised version of the Bristol Theatre Chair. A luxuriously upholstered seat complimented by a polished show wood timber top rail, arms outside back and under seat bottom.

The traditional look of this chair is off set by the modern construction of the chair. All parts are connected using T nuts, so they can be quickly and easily replaced. Perhaps most importantly, the tip-up mechanism of the seat is designed to completely illuminate the risk of finger traps.

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Horley Library

Horley Library moved from its previous outdated premises to a new site in the town centre. It now has a refreshed selection of books and an expanded study area, the new library boasts a flexible open-plan layout allowing it to be used for large community events.

The library also houses a colourful and interactive children’s library, internet-connected computer terminals, laptop plug-in points and free wi-fi, two meeting rooms which community groups and businesses can hire and a local history centre providing easy access to records documenting Horley’s history.

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The Iron Works

Set in the South Yorkshire Village of Elsecar The Ironworks opened in 1795 on a site near the head of the Elsecar Branch of the Dearne and Dove Canal.

The works made pig iron from locally mined ores as well as a range of cast iron products, mostly for the construction trades.

The site of the Ironworks is today part of the Elsecar Heritage Centre. Now packed with shops, traditional cafes, delicatessens and antiques stalls.

The Centre currently hosts approximately 50 events per year, receiving over 350,000 visitors. The event space is multi-functional and is utilised to host a range of events ranging from exhibitions, theatre, music performances and weddings.

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Whitchurch Hub, Cardiff

Funded by the Welsh Government's Integrated Care Fund and the Museums, Achives, and Libraries Division, the library refurbishment project at Whitchurch Library was to convert the historical facilities into a community Wellbeing Hub.

Cardiff Council cabinet member Lynda Thorne commented on prior to the start, saying "The focus of our wellbeing hubs will be to engage our increasingly older population and help combat the impact of isolationn on people's wellbeing by providing a range of services, events and activities based on their needs"

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Greenhill Library

During an unprecedented time, FGLL systems and project management were tested and fully withstood all additional pressures the covid-19 pandemic bought about. The FGLL team continuously communicated and updated all involved, accepting site delays and disruption, implementing additional H&S requirements, all with no impact or financial implications for Harrow Council.

Working with DJA a unique visual identity was achieved for the new library, meeting the brief and user suitability.

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Malton Library

“The onset of Covid meant there were a number of challenges to overcome; including delays with the building work and limited numbers able to work within the building during the refurbishment.

The design process was supportive and collaborative. We had to work within the constraints of the building as well as responding to customer needs. The final result was just what we wanted.

Although we were only able to open for browsing for a short time before we went back into lockdown, the reaction of library customers was really positive. In particular the end panels and increased face-on display space meant that books were ‘flying off the shelves’.”

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