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Kingsley 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.

Summary
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 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!”

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