Jubilee Library

Photo:Around the corner...

Around the corner...

Photo by Maureen Brand

Photo:A shining example

A shining example

Photo by Maureen Brand

Photo:Jubilee Library leaflets

Jubilee Library leaflets

Photo by Maureen Brand

Some useful information

By Maureen Brand, North Laine resident

Opened in 2005, Brighton's central Jubilee Library building sits proudly on the regenerated Jubilee site, much admired and visited, its south face, mainly glass, reflecting and glistening. Proud it should be, having won many professional and public awards for its design and use - and the chief award is the appreciation of its users. At the end of February 2008 a sign inside reported the figures for January 2008:

  • Stock on loan - 36,525
  • Total issues - 66,338
  • Total visitors - 36,525

Indeed library officials and councillors are under pressure for longer opening hours at the Library.

Design concept

Costing in the region of £12 million, the main concept of the building design was to achieve the lowest possible consumption of energy through a sustainable use of materials, solar heating and natural ventilation, reducing heat gains and losses. In summer external air is passed through hollow concrete planks pre-cooled by night time temperatures to assist cooling of the building the following day. Toilets are flushed with rainwater.

So much on offer

Built with three storeys, the ground floor comprises a shop, the main lending fiction area, Young People's Library, Sound and Vision (CDs, DVDs, audio books) and the children's library. The mezzanine, a gallery looking down on the ground floor, has staff offices, storage and a conference suite. The top floor houses the main reading/study area, non fiction and reference, a large IT room and the Special Collection of 45,000 rare publications and documents.

The local history collection is housed separately in Brighton Museum (entrance in Pavilion Gardens).

So well used

On most days library users are to be seen in the square outside awaiting the opening of its doors. They are there to return or take out chosen books, to research and write, to consult the local directories and newspapers, and to use the IT room with 30 computers. For an hour a day library card holders, using a dedicated pin number, may use a computer free of charge for access to the internet and email, Microsoft packages, with printers and scanners. (There is a charge for printing.) Other PCs are available throughout the library. The library catalogue is available on line to check if a publication is available either at the Jubilee or any other Brighton and Hove library.

Light and bright, this is a library of which Brighton and Hove can be proud. A triumph.

Contact information

For information on the city libraries: http://www.citylibraries.info/

For renewals and general enquiries: (01273) 290800

For books & information enquiries: (01273) 296969

Computer bookings: (01273) 296961

This page was added on 28/02/2008.

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