Children from nearby Woodbridge High School spent a day with Bisset Adams designers to help influence the new look of the 100m2 space.
The area includes 2000 new books, a ‘reading den’ with beanbags, a PC bar of four computers, study spaces, and a large TV screen. The work was carried out for Redbridge Council, which wants to boost the number of young people using libraries.
Bisset Adams senior designer John Mgbadiefe says, ‘There are some simple ideas that have made a big difference. For instance, we designed a bespoke shelving system.
‘Displaying the books in a more creative way than on a traditional shelf encourages young visitors to engage with and read the books. The children and I envisaged a modern youth club with books, a flexible space, with the “den” being both good to read in and to have a chat in.’
Vicky Dewit, head of cultural and library services for Redbridge Council, says, ‘The new area looks fantastic and we have had lots of positive feedback from young people and their parents.’