Southampton Central Library

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My first fountain!

Southampton Central Library was very impressive. It is a grand building within a civic centre including museums, a concert venue, the Guildhall, council offices and an art gallery and opposite a park. However, when you enter the library is has been recently refurbished and looks and feels very modern.

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It’s all very curvy, even the edges of some of the bookcases are curvy.

The only downside of the layout is that I couldn’t find the stairs going up! However, I found the stairs going down.

I like this way of displaying recently returned book with the book covers facing up – there’s even a book there that I was currently reading.

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I’m always interested in the study spaces on offer. There were lots of desks dotted around with feature reading lights and also private study rooms.

Doncaster Central Library

Doncaster Central Library is based in a civic area of Doncaster on a street called Waterdale. Opposite the library there is a new council building and a performing arts theatre called Cast.

By comparison the library building looks a little dated. (This is an old picture as the front is now pedestrianised but you get the gist).

The entrance is not at all inviting as the library itself is on the floors above.

However, it was packed with stock:

The library had a refurbishment in 2013 worth £120,000 but I think it deserves a complete overhaul! Someone start a petition.