A new spacious and comfortable library will be created at the 'Petit Volcan' on the Niemeyer site, which will also play host to the national drama company. It will be opened in 2014.
This new facility, which will be an attractive and striking urban landmark housed within an emblematic building, will expand access to books, the press, DVDs, CDs and other items and offer services which could not be provided by the Bibliothèque Armand Salacrou, which is currently the flagship library of Le Havre's public reading network. The new library will operate in tandem with the Bibliothèque Armand Salacrou.
With a surface area of 5,000m², it will offer convivial shared experiences, comfortable surroundings, a little break during the day, a quiet place to work, reading and also debates and group discussions, cultural activities and training. There will be a variety of reading areas, lighting and furnishings, ranging from tables to work at to cushions on which you can recline.
You will also find:
- A café: a communal space for sharing, for events, for reading and for enjoying a coffee.
- A wide-ranging library service organised according to themes or categories:
- · for teenagers and adults:
- Biographies and essays
- Leisure and practical advice
- Jobs and training
- Ideas and societies
- The world, past and present
- Nature, science and technology
- Art and music
- Novels and literature
- Childhood: fiction and non-fiction for children aged between 4 and 11
- Young children and parenting: fiction and non-fiction for children aged between 0 and 4, supplemented by resources on parenting for parents and professionals working with young children.
- a press lounge with a wide range of press for teenagers and adults
- an events hall
- a story-telling and spectacle hall for children
- two quiet rooms for working
- a group working room
- two training rooms
- a self-study room
Internet access stations (around 150) and digital resources will be available. The staff will be able to help and advise child and adult visitors, receive groups and arrange events and spectacles in conjunction with the network of libraries and reading centres, and in tune with the fabric of life in Le Havre.
Commissioned architect: D. DESHOULIERES, H. JEANNEAU, layout of the library: SOGNO ARCHITECTURE, signage: Pierre Milville graphic design.