City Library, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

Ryder Architecture
Date Built
Opened June 2009
New Bridge Street West
Newcastle's new City Library occupies the corner of John Dobson Street and New Bridge Street West across from the Laing Art Gallery.  It opened in June of 2009 and was named after the 18th Century Newcastle composer Charles Avison.

The Newcastle Council website says that, "Our new state of the art City Library opened its doors for the first time on Sunday 7 June 2009 at 11am. Opening this wonderful new library on a Sunday was a symbolic statement, and one which emphasises Newcastle City Council’s commitment to providing contemporary and easily accessible services."  ...  Entrance into the building is via, "a dramatic blue glass box on New Bridge Street West with a second entrance on Princess Square. ... Throughout the building are features such as limestone flooring, specially commissioned furniture, the latest self-service facilities, and specialist book exhibition areas."

Ryder Architecture, the building's designers say that, "The brief was to create a building to delight and inspire as well as a model for C21 library facilities. It is a destination venue with spaces for reading, learning, research, relaxing, meeting and working, inspiring local, civic and regional pride."