Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Denton Burn Library

Denton Burn Library opened in 1961 and was refurbished in 1986. It was a beautiful sunny day when I visited which probably helped to colour my positive impression of the building and its services. 

Like all the branch libraries I have visited, it was well-used by locals: reading newspapers, checking books in and out, reading to children in the children's library and, of course, using the PCs. Also, there was an interesting local history display about men's working lives in the West End of Newcastle (featuring lots of information about the Elswick Works, home of Armstrong Whitworth)

The adult section of the library is a large open plan space with comfortable seating situated in the middle of the room. It is well-lit both artificially and by natural light.

I was really impressed by the design of this sixties building. The interior had a warm, bright and airy feel to it and, the exterior with its white walls and jaunty blue fascia really shone in the sun. I don't know if the public are allowed access in the summer months, but at the back of the library there is an enclosed garden.

The back of the library with an enclosed garden

Denton Burn Library may be closed by Newcastle Council in 2013.


  1. What great use of the space available, so light and airy. So crazy that it's potentially going to be closed.

  2. I really loved this library. I know the atmosphere was helped along by the beautiful bright sun and blue sky, but, I'm sure it's a great public building whatever the weather.