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Case Studies

Be inspired by our extensive range of library case studies. Please browse through to see the huge variety of different types and styles of libraries to imagine how yours could look.

We’ve put together a few recent examples of projects our team have carried out in the school, public and higher education library sectors. Please get in touch if you’d like to see more. 


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Haverfordwest Library

Children's castle themed area with story wall shelving

Glan-yr-Afon (The Riverside) is an innovative new cultural centre in the heart of Haverfordwest.  This flagship facility is the result of an exciting partnership between Pembrokeshire County Council and the National Library of Wales and...> Read More

Huddersfield Central

Huddersfield Library, Kirklees Council’s Central Library and Art Gallery, is a four-storey, Grade II listed building in the town centre.  The task was to transform the Lending department into a flexible space, within the limits of its...> Read More

Cwm Glas Primary School

Seating and StoryWall library shelving at Cwm Glas primary school.

Cwm Glas is a lively, busy and exciting Primary school in Swansea which seeks to encourage all its pupils to achieve personal excellence, reach their full potential and make a positive contribution to the school and the wider community. Central...> Read More

Writtle University College

seating section at Writtle University college.

In early 2018, FG Library & Learning were commissioned by Writtle University College to install soft furnishings and furniture to the newly refurbished Maddison building. Previously utilised as an accommodation and office block, the internal...> Read More

Newcastle Prep

Tree library seating at Newcastle Prep school.

The school’s aim was to bring their library to life with the use of bright, contemporary colours whilst introducing a woodland theme to the space.  The design was to be centred around the school’s bespoke storyteller’s...> Read More

Chelmsford Library

sensory StoryWall installed at Chelmsford Library.

FG Library & Learning were commissioned to work on Chelmsford Library’s new children’s space and family hub, and put it at the heart of the city’s family support services. It was to become a one-stop shop, bringing families...> Read More

Woodseats Library

tree themed library seating and library shelving at Woodseats Library.

A fabulous library that the community love Woodseats library forms part of a new community hub, offering a contemporary and inviting space for everyone. The library caters for all demographics – this is represented well by the variation in...> Read More

Edmonton Green Library

colourful seating area with low level book display units for children.

The Edmonton Centre brings together a completely refurbished library set over 2 floors and the council’s Customer Access facilities. FG Library & Learning worked with Ingleton Wood Consultancy and Enfield Council to create a vibrant,...> Read More

Manchester Museum

study furniture at Manchester Museum with adjustable lamps along desk for better light.

This exciting project involved the renovation of the study area on the third floor of this historic, grade II listed, 1885, Alfred Waterhouse building for Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester. The historic space has been opened up...> Read More

Halton Lodge Primary School

primary school library furniture including stools and sofas at Halton Lodge Primary School.

Halton Lodge Primary School craved a fresh and exciting design for the thoroughfare of their school. The aim was to create a library with areas for children to work in groups, read alone and undertake research: to put reading at the very heart of...> Read More

Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre

Storywall children's library shelving and book display unit at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre.

Merthyr Tydfil Public Libraries opened their first co-located libraries at Aberfan and Merthyr Vale Community Centre around four years ago. The Central Library in Merthyr is still a busy, bustling location, but developments to the town centre meant...> Read More

Intake Primary School

bright colourful primary school library furniture and Storywall at Intake Primary School.

Intake Primary has the highest aspirations for all their children, celebrating achievements and recognising successes. They strive to create a positive, stimulating environment, where there is a real sense of belonging, where everyone is supported,...> Read More

Blyth Library

library shelving at Blyth library with library graphics along the top of the shelving units.

Our brief was to refurbish the existing family history area which would house both lending and research materials at Blyth Library. The area needed to be accessible and user friendly so customers would be able to find the materials they required...> Read More

Carlton Primary School

primary school library furniture and shelving at Carlton Primary School.

Set in the heart of the village, Carlton Primary School is a very special place to learn where each and every one of the children feel proud to belong. The school prides itself on creating a rich atmosphere full of creative learning and respectful...> Read More

Henrietta Barnett School

Henrietta Barnett School with library shelving and furniture on view.

The Henrietta Barnett School is a state grammar school for girls located in the Hampstead Garden Suburb Conservation Area of North London. Their new library needed to be an all-encompassing, fully-integrated facility for the modern age, featuring...> Read More

Bromsgrove Library

children's library furniture including StoryWall and low height book displays at Bromsgrove Library.

Over the last 5 years, Worcestershire Libraries and Learning Service has been remodelling its offer, moving away from standalone service points towards partnership working and co-location for a more sustainable long term solution. Despite...> Read More

St Mary's University - Naylor Library

library seating with people studying on laptops at St Mary's University.

With a planned increase in student numbers St Mary’s University realised that their existing building no longer provided adequate space for the library and IT services. The University appointed FG Library & Learning to design a new,...> Read More

Bournemouth & Poole College - Lansdowne...

library shelving and book display units on view at Bournemouth & Poole College library.

Dating back to 1913, this space was originally an art room with a high pitched ceiling and great natural light, but over the years the effect was diminished by the addition of a mezzanine floor and high shelving covering the windows. The college...> Read More

Bournemouth & Poole College - North Road...

birds eye view of study furniture, separated into different areas at Bournemouth & Poole College.

The client was looking for a fresh modern Library design to fit the newly designed campus at Bournemouth & Poole College.  The overall aim being to encourage students to spend more study time in the Library. The location for the Library...> Read More

Lincoln College, Monks Road

view of Lincoln College's library from the entrance with library shelving and book displays on view.

Lincoln College is the largest educational institute in Lincolnshire, providing study opportunities for around 9000 full and part-time students across three locations. The Monks Road campus in Lincoln is both the administrative centre and the...> Read More

Manchester University - The Alan Gilbert...

view of IT furniture including computer desks and chairs at Manchester Uni Learning Commons.

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons is a state of-the-art 21st century learning environment at the University of Manchester. The landmark building was designed to encourage study in a stimulating and comfortable environment that is available...> Read More

Ashford Gateway

library seating in the centre of lots of library display units formed into a circle around the seating.

The new Ashford Gateway project was built over three floors and offers a one stop shop where residents can access a broad range of public services. This public library is just one of the services offered. The white colour scheme was enhanced with...> Read More

Aquinas Sixth Form College

library shelving along wall with library furniture in-front of the shelving.

Background Aquinas Sixth Form College underwent a complete rebuild programme. This provided an opportunity to rethink the role of the library and learning centre. The Learning and Resources manager said 'Our vision was to think differently,...> Read More

Chelmsley Wood Library

green and black reception desk with a green 'i' for information in the black section.

Background As part of the Chelmsley Wood shopping centre regeneration project, the central library needed to cater for all sections of the community. Solihull council required a modern library with an open plan feel that would be inviting and...> Read More

St Thomas Primary School

primary school library shelving with a blue sofa infront of the shelving.

Background The £6.7 million development of the brand new St Thomas Community School in Swansea provides a brand new school in the heart of the community. The new 21st century school replaces the old primary school and includes a nursery and...> Read More

Woking Library

library graphic with text 'welcome to your library' that is on the end of book promotion and display units.

The client required a modern and comfortable space that would provide an interactive, stimulating environment. They wanted to create an exceptional visitor experience for the whole community. The vision was for a flagship library that incorporated...> Read More

Dorking Library

childrens library furniture that has seating either end of a low height book storage unit.

Background Our task was to move a popular public library from an old existing building to new premises. The library was relocated to a precinct area to occupy what was formerly three separate retail units. The Challenge The location,...> Read More

Derbyshire Records Office

bespoke curved reception desk at Derbyshire records office.

Background Situated in a Victorian building spread over three floors, the new-look Record Office brings Derbyshire’s fascinating past to life for residents, visitors and students. Four miles of original Derbyshire record can be viewed on...> Read More

Bristol College Library

library seating at Bristol College library.

Background This College Library modernisation project required the existing ‘L’ shaped library space to be completely transformed to maximise its appeal with students. The client was keen to create a light, bright and modern space...> Read More

All Saints Library

primary school library shelving against a wall and children's library furniture infront of the shelving.

Background This library in a newly built junior school incorporated three small but distinct areas, each required for a specific function and purpose. These were a small library, a designated reading area for groups, and a more confined reading...> Read More

Bulwell Riverside Library

bespoke reception desk that is curved around with a bit that dips down where the receptionist sits.

Background This public library was relocated as part of a £23 million project to provide a new joint service centre that brings together Nottingham City Council, NHS Nottingham City and City Homes all under one roof. The Challenge To...> Read More

Haltwhistle Library

children's library furniture and shelving with a castle theme to the room.

Background This primary school is located near the famous landmark Hadrians Wall, and this was chosen as the theme for the recently extended school library. The Challenge Working with our in house design team, the client was involved at...> Read More

Canada Water

view of library from atop a staircase situated one side of the library, there are rows of reflection library shelving.

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,...> Read More

University of Surrey

view of 3 rows of library shelving  that have additional lighting along the top of the library shelving.

Background The library in the University of Surrey occupies three floors of a new extension to the existing building. The shelving system had to complement the striking architecture and contemporary interior. The Challenge To make this...> Read More

Barrow Library

open plan library with library shelving along the outer walls of the room, with book display units in the centre of the room.

FG Library is proud to present the total renovation of the Barrow Central Library, based in Barrow-in-Furness. Set in grade II listed Beaux-Arts style building this 800 square meters library wanted to achieve a look and feel that embraces its...> Read More

Oldbury Public Library

children's library shelving with bold colour designs on the side of the mobile shelving.

Background Oldbury Public Library is a part of the £6 million newly built Jack Judge House and occupies the ground floor of this spectacular building that houses over 300 council staff. Our design team worked closely with the interior...> Read More

City Library in Bradford

City Library in Bradford with library shelving and furniture on view.

When asbestos was discovered in the Bradford Central library in 2012, the Bradford Council decided to move from the existing premises to a new smaller site in Centenary Square. The new City library on two floors had to house around 60,000 items, so...> Read More

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

library shelving at NHS Foundation Trust with a library graphic on the end of one shelving and a book display on the other.

Our challenge was to create a fresh and vibrant look for all three HEFT* education centres, making the best use of the space, and providing a mix of study styles for the medical staff and the students who use these busy centres. Collaborative...> Read More

Wakefield Public Library

children's library shelving with seating for children too in the shape of a tube and a triangle.

Wakefield One is the new home for Wakefield's flagship library and the city's museum provision. FG Library worked in partnership with the YPO to design and deliver this large scale dynamic project, incorporating the main library, reference...> Read More


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