Plymouth Central Library doesn’t look that attractive from the outside – I admit I didn’t see the colourful blocks above when I was at pavement level. However, inside it is lovely and bright and modern.
Work began on the vacant commercial units at the end of 2015 and it opened in March 2016. It does make sense to use this space and bring the library to the heart of Plymouth.
It was busy and bustling on this April Friday afternoon and felt a little cramped in certain areas of the ground floor
I like the quote on the wall above the computers “The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” Albert Einstein. There were lighthouses decorating the stack ends and walls and stairwell – a nice theme for the maritime location.
Nice looking children’s library with a performance/reading/imagination tree in the middle. A great cosy red reading cubby hole.
There is a nice view of the other side and a roof terrace off the first floor which must be great on a sunny day.
I don’t know if the monster glass art are always there or if it was a recent school project – fun though – they are really large and eye catching.
Apparently the staff are so lovely there they have even opened on Christmas Day in the past to combat social isolation for those who would otherwise spend Christmas alone.
There are more professional photos on the designers website – Thedesignconcept.