Designing Libraries gets a makeover - Tue, 20 Mar 2012

At an uncertain and challenging time for libraries, the new-look Designing Libraries website is a showcase for new investment and innovation.

With its many examples of inspiring and functional library buildings, Designing Libraries has long been an important and well-used source of information for anyone planning a new library or a library refurbishment.Its database forms a current and permanent record of design development and innovation for both public and academic libraries.

The new website aims to build on the site's achievements and reputation as a collaborative resource by providing even more online resources, a regular newsletter and a greater international perspective. During 2012 it will expand its coverage to include design developments in school libraries.

Designing Libraries Executive Director, David Lindley, says: "Even though I have been close to the library sector for many years, in the process of developing the website content I have been astonished by both the current level of investment in library building infrastructure and the innovation we are seeing in libraries of all types. It is heartening to know we are able to combine vision, leadership and originality in ways that promise a great - if very different - future for our libraries."

Designing Libraries has changed its status from a grant-funded project, managed and hosted at Aberystwyth University, to become a Community Interest Company supported by sponsorship from prominent library design and technology companies.

Karen Latimer, Chair of the Designing Libraries Advisory Board, adds: "I am delighted that we have been able to make this transition so that Designing Libraries can continue to provide the library community with an invaluable resource demonstrating best practice in the design and use of inspirational library spaces."

About Designing Libraries
The buildings database provides a permanent record of library building, refurbishment, improvement and extension projects in the UK and Ireland.

Designing Libraries is a gateway to the world of libraries and a source of information on all aspects of the design and use of library spaces, including virtual as well as physical spaces, with examples of practice from around the world.

Designing Libraries also acts as a guide to products and services, innovation and development in the industries that partner with libraries in the areas of design, technology, content and consultancy.

Designing Libraries was established in 2004 with funding from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) as part of its Framework for the Future programme.

The partners of Designing Libraries are the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL), the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL)and the School Library Association (SLA), who are each represented on the Advisory Board.

The sponsors of Designing Libraries are Bisset Adams, Demco Interiors, D-Tech, Harrow Green, FG Library Products and Point Eight.

For more information contact:

David Lindley, Executive Director t: 01788 822975 m: 07795 957106