New Surrey library unveiled

Surrey’s new library will have a more roomy, at-home feel.
June 11th in The Surrey Leader

Surrey’s new library will be as much a meeting place as a building to view books.

Award-winning architect Bing Thom unveiled a model of the City Centre Library on Thursday night to a business crowd of about 150.

Thom said the new approaches being undertaken in Surrey are garnering worldwide attention.

“I think you may not be aware of how much your city has become a model for other cities around the world about the transformation of communites, of how architecture can give hope and be a visible symbol of the aspirations of people,” said Thom.

He recently returned from Bogota, Colombia, where he had been invited to speak specifically about “putting a university on top of a shopping centre” as occurred at the Central City Tower.  He also cited projects in Washington, DC and Austin, Texas which had been inspired by the developments in Surrey City Centre.

Thursday’s event, hosted by the Surrey Public Library in partnership with the Surrey Board of Trade, was Thom’s first major public presentation of the philosophy and concepts behind his acclaimed library design.

Thom told his rapt listeners about his hopes and dreams for what the new Library will provide for Surrey residents. He said that the Library is designed to be not only a place for learning, but also for engagement.

It will be “for immigrants, a place to learn languages. For community groups, a place to meet… There’s no reason why you can’t have a concert in this new library space. You can probably hold a couple of thousand people to listen to the orchestra.”

With generous and inspiring public spaces, the new 77,000 square foot library will offer small and large community meeting spaces, in-house coffee shop, an exciting children’s section, casual reading and study spaces, an electronic classroom for training purposes, teen lounge and gaming area, wi-fi access, expanded collections and many other services.

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