Westminster Library will once again be opening its doors to the public following its 2.5 million revamp. It will feature three floors that have been specifically designed to meet the needs all age groups including adults, children and teenagers.
One of the library's floors has been set aside to house a multitude of books, resources and activities for adults and local community groups, many of which are free to residents.
The library was refurbished following detailed consultations with local people, with designs including wi-fi access throughout the building, public space increased to 720sqm and modern interior design. The building has been designed with the environment in mind, featuring a grass "sedum" roof and energy efficient glazing.
In addition, there will also be a large community space with a 16-station learning centre, 20 computers and training programmes on finance, business and CV building. It is estimated that the new and improved library will see an additional 60,000 visitors per year.
Young people have also contributed to the development the "13-19 Zone", choosing their own books, resources, comfortable seating, designated quiet homework area and gaming area with a flat screen TV. Moving on to the children's floor, amphitheatre -style seating and adjustable lighting has created a story telling nest that kids will love.
David Ruse, Westminster's Director of Libraries and Culture, said: "We are dedicated to bringing libraries into the 21st Century and ensuring that we continue to provide library services that go beyond the traditional lending of books. The revamp of the Church Street site is a perfect example of how we are adapting to meet the changing needs of our users and working with the local community to continue to provide first class services."