Kingsley School

“The whole process was unbelievably easy! I would definitely use BookSpace again.”

Allison Whittaker, Head Teacher

Kinglsey Community School, Liverpool

An open-plan library sited in an old classroom and extending into the corridor has provided Kingsley School with a much-needed borrowing library for its pupils.


When Headteacher, Alison Whittaker, realised that the school library was trying to be too many things but sadly wasn’t getting children interested in reading, it was time to rethink the space.

BookSpace turned the headteacher’s vision for an open plan library (complete with treehouse) into a reality and they now have a borrowing library which pupils are eager to spend time in.

The brief

The brief was to create a family space that catered for the needs of four children of different ages. “I really wanted to create a space that would encourage my children to read and immerse themselves in quiet activities” says Lexie.

The challenge

It may be a large school but Kingsley Community doesn’t have a lot of rooms so they tend to become multi-purpose. Over the years the library had become a storage area and not the nurturing, quiet space they dreamed of.

How BookSpace helped

The Deputy Head had previously worked in a school where a BookSpace library had been installed. “My deputy said several years later their BookSpace library still looked as good as new, so BookSpace were my first choice for a library supplier” says Alison.

“I had always wanted to create a treehouse inside the library and BookSpace turned that vision into reality. The whole process was unbelievably easy. And we really liked the way the plans were presented to us. It wasn’t just an email; we were given fabric swatches and samples of the laminate colours – everything we needed to visualise what our new library would look like.

I’d definitely use BookSpace again – they were brilliant! We finally have a wonderful borrowing library for our children instead of a dumping ground!”

“Think about the types of books you want in your new library. You might want to have a separate area for fiction & non-fiction but think about it in relation to the design.”

Alison Whittaker, Headteacher

The BookSpace team is dedicated to designing the perfect library for your school and our library consultants along with our designers spend many hours developing plans and visuals to make sure we create a library with which you are 100% happy.

Our free design service is extremely popular because of the high quality bespoke attention we give to each unique project. As a small company you will appreciate that we don’t always have the capacity and resources to make the service available to every school who is refurbishing their library. So we would like to understand more about your plans in order to assess whether our service and products provide the best match for your needs.

If you are interested in our free design service please complete the form below, it should take no longer than 5 minutes. We will assess your application alongside the others we receive and let you know if we are able to offer you one of our free design service slots.

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