Happy ending for award-winning college library

The winner of the SLA Library Design Award 2013 is Carterton Community College, Oxfordshire.

Niall McWilliams, Headteacher, and Rosemary Stables, Librarian, were presented with their award by Candy Gourlay, author of the award-winning ‘Tall Story’.  The Awards were announced, and presentations made, at the School Libraries Celebration Day.

Three years ago Carterton Community College had its library removed from them but it was the vision and commitment of the Headteacher that led to its reinstatement with the ‘happy ending’ story completed by winning the Library Design Award.

Niall McWilliams said:  “The library transforms lives. It is not just a space, it’s the most important room in the school. It changes aspirations. It changes the future of our students. It is a really massive honour for me, our librarian Rosemary, the school team and the students, some of whom are here today, to receive this award." 

A special commendation was given to Nansloe Academy for their magical and inspiring Story Garden.

Scott Grant, General Manager Demco Interiors, said: “This year we felt that we had to offer a special commendation to a library that inspired our judges to create this special category and, although not a traditional library design, has delivered something quite compelling.”

This is the third year of the Award which aims to highlight the innovation, commitment, flair and foresight found in school libraries across the UK.  Supported by the School Library Association and sponsored by Demco Interiors,  the Award was created to set future standards for the recognition of excellence in school library design.

The judges were again impressed by the quality of the entries, commenting: “It has been enlightening to see how schools and colleges have responded to changes and brought a whole new way of thinking to the library space.  The WOW factor is a phrase often applied to public libraries but can equally be applied to the school libraries we have visited.”

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