New building, new future for Hatfield Library
Demco Interiors worked with Hertfordshire Libraries on the interior design and furnishings for the new Hatfield Library.
The new state of the art library has moved from its old location into the heart of the town centre into the revamped White Lion Square and is now an accessible cultural hub for local communities.
Taryn Pearson-Rose, Assistant Director for Libraries at Hertfordshire County Council said: “We’re really excited about the new Hatfield Library. “It is great to have such a bright, modern and accessible space, which I am sure will become a real community hub that people of all ages can enjoy.”
The new library now includes:
- A much larger children’s area
- A CreatorSpace, packed with latest technology
- A separate Local Studies area
- A large bookable meeting room with refreshment facilities
- A new DDA compliant public toilet with baby changing facilities
Vivien Low, lead designer, Demco Interiors, space planned and designed the new interior. Mindful of budget and sustainability the original shelving from the old library was re-clad to give it a new look and feel, including adding user friendly, quick pick, end of bay display units. Castors were added to all double sided shelving bays to future proof the interior by making it flexible and adaptable. New wall mounted display shelving displays a wide range of magazines and dvd’s and bright soft seating adds a pop of colour and welcome rest areas throughout the interior.
In the children’s library a popular addition is the Tiger Moth book display unit. Designed and manufactured by Demco, the Tiger Moth pays homage to Hatfield’s connection to one of the world’s most famous training aircraft, used during the Second World War to provide RAF pilots with their elementary flying training.
Large format tables with fixed PC’s give visitors the opportunity to get connected while the new local studies room, creator space, meeting room and children’s area create a new type of library for the people of Hatfield. Plus a library team active on social media promoting new events, promotions and even online competitions this is a modern library service library that is relatable and reaching out to its communities.
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13 January 2019