Kendal Library redesign

Kendal Library

This is your chance to get involved and have your say! Help to shape changes to the Kendal Library building.

Where we are

We want to talk to you about our plans for developing this amazing building in Kendal.

This is already a fantastic library, but we want to make it even better with even more on offer. So as well as books, Local Studies and everything you'd expect we're also thinking about how new digital technology could be integrated and how the building could be used more flexibly. Perhaps to host events, exhibitions or provide a space for community groups or just to meet socially with family and friends. We're really open to your ideas about how we can make the most of this exciting opportunity.

A draft design for the proposed changes has been developed and now we want to hear the public's views.

Our proposals involve a complete 'make over' of the interior of the building, changing how the space is used and giving it a fresh and modern look while maintaining the unique features of this fantastic local building.

See the related links for floor plans of the proposed changes.

The images are artist impressions to give you an idea of how the space could look.

An exciting children's library and Teen Zone

Children love books. The proposed new children's library has loads of cool design features to make it a great place for kids and families to chill out, learn and have fun. We've also got a separate space just for teenagers.

Teen zone

A fabulous book collection

Books are still fundamental. We've changed the shelving around but there'll still be a great range to choose from.

No Fiction

New customer service points

We know you value the help and advice our staff offer so we'll provide more customer points throughout the library where you can speak to staff. We'll also have a dedicated customer services area for more private conversations.

Customer service points

Café culture

There's nothing better than a cup of tea and a good book. Our new café area will have an improved vending offer and comfy seating.

Cafe culture

IT and digital facilities

A completely refurbished public access IT suite with new equipment and access to printing and photocopying. We'd also like to offer new digital tools and equipment and would love to hear your ideas.

IT facilities

An improved Local Studies area

Our Local Studies area on the first floor is hugely popular, but it's a little tired. We're giving it an overhaul with new equipment, improved exhibition area and research room.

Local Studies


Libraries are all about learning and we're working hand in hand with the council's Adult Learning service who will continue to deliver courses from the refurbished Pennington Room.

Learning v2

We want your feedback on our proposed design. We want to know whether the changes would work for you, your family and your friends. You can provide your views by:

  • Completing the online questionnaire or
  • Printing and completing the questionnaire at the end of the consultation document (see related links), and posting it in the 'public consultation post-box' within Kendal Library or to Freepost CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL

Please provide your feedback by 27 June 2021.

Some essential maintenance works are nearing completion. The next phase of the work, which incorporates the redesign of the building, is due to commence in early 2022 and will be completed in Summer 2022. 

Once the public consultation has closed we will use your feedback to reconsider our proposed design, with a view to publishing the final agreed design in July 2021.

We look forward to hearing from you!