Preview of the New Look Liverpool's Central Library
Photographs by Patrick
Trollope. - UK Press Photography.
IT is a new chapter for
Liverpool's Central Library and what a story it has been so far!
After a massive £50m refurbishment, the staff are now starting
to put the books back on the shelves of this futuristic library.
During the renovations, the 1850s facade of the building and
historic reading rooms and specialist libraries have been
restored and new facilities, including a temperature controlled
repository, have been built. We are told that the librarians
have now started carefully transporting 4 million books and some
of the UK's rare books and documents to their new home. The rare
treasures the library will be housing in a brand new, state of
the art, secure, climate controlled repository, and will include
the original 1207 Charter signed by King John which granted
Liverpool City status, along with some of the earliest examples
of printing in the world. Archivists will also be housing in the
repository, photographic prints and paintings along with parish
records, and more. It is thought it will take around 3 months to
complete, with most of this information then being made
available online! The refurbishment the Liverpool Central
Library has resulted in what is a very impressive facility for
all ages, with amazing thought for people with disabilities, and
for future technological developments and services to be
accommodated within it. As you can see for yourselves when
looking at our photographs, the work which has been carried out
to amazingly high standards. The photographs include the
beautiful Picton Reading Room, the new-look Discover (formerly
the International Library), the Hornby and Oak Rooms, which have
not been open to the public before and a glance at the views
from the brand new roof terrace. Sadly, the extraordinary views
were not as striking as we had hoped on Wednesday, 23 January
2013, because of cloud and snow!
Head of Libraries, Joyce Little told us that:- "We tried
our best to look at both the future and the past, accommodating
as many aspects as we could into the refurbishment. We hope
these change will be of huge benefit for generations to come."
Accompanying our Editor,
Patrick Trollope, was Kit Siddons-Smith, who is an ex-head of
department at the Library. He told us that:- "Many areas
have that have been hidden in the past have now been opened up
to the public, as well as making the place look brighter
and more inviting. I am shocked at how big a change has been
made. It is fantastic and I think the public and current and
future staff will truly love this building for generations to
come. It is a remarkable achievement."
We will have some more
photographs and a bit more about the library in next week’s
issue, but for now please click on
here to see the
photographic coverage in this edition!
Kit Siddons-Smith, if you are
interested, came around the Library with us, on the special
Press Tour, as he will be helping us very soon to add a section
about this historic building to our
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