Bath & North East Somertset Council

Our new Bath Library and Information Service at the Podium

Over the last six months we’ve been working with our local communities to produce designs for our new Bath Library and Information Service that meet local needs.

We’ve been working with 50 members of the public, drawn from respondents to last year’s public consultation on the location for the new service.

  • We’ve worked with regular users and also non-users of both the One Stop Shop and the Podium Library.
  • We’ve worked with a wide range of local communities including people with disabilities
  • We’ve worked with people with dependent children and also representatives of the group Save Bath Library.
  • We’ve worked with specialist library and one stop shop staff, partner organisations, adults with learning difficulties and specialist user groups such as Autism Parents Group and the Youth Hub.

We’ve listened to and acted on comments, viewpoints and feedback. These have helped shape and develop the proposed enhancements and improvements in the design below.

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See for yourself – more about the proposed design ideas

Cllr. Karen Warrington (Conservative, Clutton), the Cabinet Member for Transformation & Customer Services, has thanked those who took part in this co-design process. She said:

The design looks like a creative, vibrant and flexible space. I hope, once completed, it will encourage even more people to use the space in a creative way.

We’re really grateful to all those people who have given their time to work with us on the designs for Bath Library and Information Service; to help it become a fantastic new innovative community space which everyone can enjoy and benefit from.

We’ve listened to what people said and have adapted the designs to give it a sustainable long-term future and meet the wide ranging needs of the community.

This is all about creating stronger communities and helping everyone achieve their full potential through learning, improving access to information whether that’s for health or employment and to provide somewhere for cultural and creative enrichment.

John McLay, who has also been involved in the process as Artistic Director for the Bath Children’s Literature Festival added:

I’m really very impressed with the new designs for the space; modern, flexible and practical. I think it will increase footfall – especially for young people.

It is obviously going to be a space used by lots of different people wanting different things, but this looks like absolutely the best solution.”


Read what local people have been saying about the designs for the Bath Library and Information Service:

“It’s a nice, family-friendly community space.”

“Overall design looks great and more open.”

“The One Stop Shop looks well thought out as it does not impose on the library book provision and study space.”

“Very impressed by proposal for children’s area – the space, decoration and facilities look great. The book cases are lovely – inspirational.”

“I also like the exhibition and meeting provision which looks far more inclusive than previously.”

“Increased study areas and great children’s area. I sing in a choir and we’d love to perform here!”

“Fresh and exciting – very creative.”

See for yourself – more about the proposed design ideas
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