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  • EDGE 2010
    The Physical Library and Regeneration
    The Newcastle upon Tyne perspective
  • Councillor John ShipleyLeader Newcastle City Council
    Tony Durcan
    Head of Culture, Libraries and Lifelong Learning
  • Newcastle’s new City Library
    PFI project with a 7 year development period;
    £24m capital cost;
    6 floors, 4 storey entrance atrium; 8,300 square metres;
    opened to the public on Sunday 6 June 2009;
    officially opened by HM The Queen on 6 November 2009;
  • totally self service;
    open 70 hours per week – 7 days;
    24 hour provision;
    150,000 new books;
    5792 visitors on day one;
    792,000 visitors by 31 January 2010
    35,000 new members;
    396,000 items loaned.
  • The Council’s only capital cultural project to come in on budget … ….and on time.
  • Why a new City Library?
    Library Service modernisation agenda;
    as much about service as buildings;
    to overcome the 1960s building’s shortcomings:
    unloved concrete;
    invisible/non distinctive and a wasted site;
    limited accessibility;
    hidden services and unwelcoming;
    poor community facilities.
  • Old library shots
  • Stage two development
  • And the City wanted a new building which would “delight and inspire”.
  • Key steps
    research;
    visioning;
    consultation;
    engagement;
    staff involvement;
  • Some examples from 2006
    10 March – Bidders’ presentations at Civic Centre
    13 March – Sectoral stakeholders/expert witnesses
    16 March – Elected Members
    18 March – Young People Group
    20 March – Staff Focus Group 1
    27 March – Members’ Advisory Group/Design Panel
    28 March – Staff Focus Group 2
    30 March – Public meeting (City Library)
    3 April – Staff Focus Group 1
    3 April – Public meeting (High Heaton)
    6 April – Public meeting - Princess Square residents/traders
    7 April – Public meeting (City Library)
    10 April – Community/Hard to Reach/Disabilities groups
    12 April – Community/Hard to Reach/Disabilities groups
    19 April – Staff Focus Group 2
    21 April – Community/Hard to Reach/Disabilities groups
  • Political and community engagement
  • Not just a city library
    City, city-wide, and regional role;
    other libraries;
    impetus for change:
    new ways of working;
    new ways of using
    a choice of support, progression and anonymity.
  • Gosforth
  • West End Library and Customer Service Centre
  • Fawdon – Library Express
  • The Observer 22 February 2009
    “A shining light and a beacon for what a library should be doing in the 21st century” – Andrew Motion.
  • Any questions?