Glasgow Women’s Library officially opened
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December 21 2015Glasgow Women’s Library has officially opened in Bridgeton following refurbishment of a B listed Carnegie library, one of seven to be donated to the city by the industrialist.
Redeveloped by Collective Architecture the new library provides a home for a growing reference collection of books in addition to offering space for events, screenings, talks, exhibitions and support services.
In a statement the practice said: “Collective Architecture worked closely with the Glasgow Women's Library to develop informal reading spaces and an open plan mezzanine area, with new lift access, within the former Main Reading Room. The Reading Room is located above a new ground floor cafe and kitchen and a space for exhibitions. A major requirement was for a new strong room archive, designed over two levels at the rear of the gallery. This houses the permanent collections, as well as special pieces of display which required to be climatically controlled to ensure their survival.”
New additions to the historic library include an exterior lift tower doubling as a feature art work with CNC cut cladding incorporating selected book titles.
Photography by Keith Hunter
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