Library is streets ahead 

High Street Library
Award-winning High Street Library

High Street Library has been acknowledged for its innovative design in a national awards ceremony.

The modern, purpose built library was “commended” by judges in the Public Library Building Awards UK and Ireland in Bristol on Wednesday, October 7.

High Street was shortlisted for the Innovation category of the awards, missing out on the top spot to Newcastle.

The £1.2 million library was officially opened in July 2007 after being totally rebuilt on its original site. The old library closed in 2006 after more than 100 years serving the community.

The library, which is situated off Derby Street, Bolton became the first library in the country to champion the HeadSpace concept which encourages young people aged 11 to 19 to take advantage of the facilities. HeadSpace was launched by Bolton boxer Amir Khan and has been a hit ever since.

Designed and built by Provan and Makin Architects, High Street has already notched up a number of awards including a Bolton Diversity Award in 2007 and a North West Employers Association Equalities Award in 2008. It has also been visited by librarians from around the world, including delegates from the International Joint Use Libraries Conference in 2007. 

Executive Member for Adult and Community Services, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, said: “High Street Library is a fantastic amenity for the local community and has been a huge success since reopening. The fact that it continues to be so popular and is impressing professionals within the library industry is a great achievement and one we are very proud of.”

The Public Library Building Awards UK and Ireland are organised by the Public Libraries Group (PLG) of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).


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