Living Room Library

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Enfield Council is currently working on a new libraries strategy which will expand the range of services offered across its 17 sites.


Refurbishing the existing Fore Street Library will allow it to host a wider mix of uses, from youth facilities to business support, alongside improved functioning as a library, to create a highly versatile 'Living Room Library'.

Enfield Council have appointed Jan Kattein Architects to lead on the design of the new 'Living Room', which responds directly to concerns raised during community engagement. Local community groups and residents felt that they were lacking essential spaces to host local groups, workshops and importantly, engage with large scale redevelopment in the local area.

The space will give Enfield Council the ability to become more responsive to local people, and will give residents a space at the heart of their community to host advice clinics and workshops.


Existing site

Fore Street Library occupies two of the ground floor shop fronts that form part of the Joyce & Snells Estate. The library is well-used, with computer terminals where young people do their homework and a popular children's library. However, the interior is in need of refurbishment, and there is growing demand for space for other community and cultural functions.



Library Exterior



Library Interior


Outline Proposals

The Living Room will create an open shop window space in the front of the Library for exhibiting drawings and models, as well as hosting talks, presentations and advice surgeries.

Beyond the reception area, a series of pivoting bookshelves and mobile work stations will allow the entire space to be opened out to host lectures, readings, performances and training sessions for local people while retaining the core function of the library.

In the rear, a new children’s section with elevated reading nooks will bring to life the magic of reading. Keep an eye on this page for further information about how your organisation can make use of the space.

The forecourt of the Living Room will include seating, planting and artwork, bringing life to the pavement. The capacity to hold evening functions will expand the opening hours of the library, giving a boost to the night time economy and improving security on the high street.


Stay in touch

We will be using Let's Talk as a project hub, where you can find out more about how work is progressing and find opportunities to get involved or have your say on proposals.

If you have any specific questions, get in touch with us at towncentres@enfield.gov.uk

Enfield Council is currently working on a new libraries strategy which will expand the range of services offered across its 17 sites.


Refurbishing the existing Fore Street Library will allow it to host a wider mix of uses, from youth facilities to business support, alongside improved functioning as a library, to create a highly versatile 'Living Room Library'.

Enfield Council have appointed Jan Kattein Architects to lead on the design of the new 'Living Room', which responds directly to concerns raised during community engagement. Local community groups and residents felt that they were lacking essential spaces to host local groups, workshops and importantly, engage with large scale redevelopment in the local area.

The space will give Enfield Council the ability to become more responsive to local people, and will give residents a space at the heart of their community to host advice clinics and workshops.


Existing site

Fore Street Library occupies two of the ground floor shop fronts that form part of the Joyce & Snells Estate. The library is well-used, with computer terminals where young people do their homework and a popular children's library. However, the interior is in need of refurbishment, and there is growing demand for space for other community and cultural functions.



Library Exterior



Library Interior


Outline Proposals

The Living Room will create an open shop window space in the front of the Library for exhibiting drawings and models, as well as hosting talks, presentations and advice surgeries.

Beyond the reception area, a series of pivoting bookshelves and mobile work stations will allow the entire space to be opened out to host lectures, readings, performances and training sessions for local people while retaining the core function of the library.

In the rear, a new children’s section with elevated reading nooks will bring to life the magic of reading. Keep an eye on this page for further information about how your organisation can make use of the space.

The forecourt of the Living Room will include seating, planting and artwork, bringing life to the pavement. The capacity to hold evening functions will expand the opening hours of the library, giving a boost to the night time economy and improving security on the high street.


Stay in touch

We will be using Let's Talk as a project hub, where you can find out more about how work is progressing and find opportunities to get involved or have your say on proposals.

If you have any specific questions, get in touch with us at towncentres@enfield.gov.uk

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