Camborne Library looks to the future
The newly refurbished Camborne library is now open following an extensive refurbishment of the town’s Grade II listed Passmore Edwards building. Demco Interiors worked with the library team to marry old and new in this architecturally interesting building. Part of this revival included updating the library’s existing Cantilibra library shelving by adding bespoke cladding and also designing and manufacturing new Cantilibra shelving for the perimeter walls.
However the lovely Victorian architecture did present the Demco team with a few challenges. Although the Passmore Edwards building was purpose built as a library, it really wasn’t shelving friendly. With low window cills, a perimeter skirting heating system and fixing to the walls prohibited for structural reasons the design team designed a system that maximised stock capacity, but maintained productivity from the heating system with perimeter shelving standing off the walls.
The classic Cantilibra library shelving was then given a bespoke look and feel with graphite finish panelling scribed, by Demco’s skilled installers, into the buildings nooks and crannies, creating a premium ‘fitted’ finish. To maximise the heating system performance the bottom cross bar of the shelving was raised and a fitted back panel made sure that no unsightly and inaccessible voids were visible. Ventilating grilles were installed to the perimeter canopies to ensure good air circulation was maintained.
The book promotion units and loose furnishings picked out elements of the Camborne Town Council brand palette and create a striking contrast to the historic features of the building.
The newly refurbished library will continue to be a hub for the local community offering all key services essential to a modern library including computers, free WiFi, scanning and photocopying services.
Councillor for Camborne Trelowarren, Jeff Collins says: “I’m delighted that Camborne Library will be managed by the Town Council and fee that this will make a real and positive difference to local people. We intend to maintain the library to the highest possible standard so locals of every age can enjoy it now and in the future.”