Bannockburn Library has undergone an extensive refurbishment as part of a £1.2million regeneration project for Bannockburn. The refurbishment includes the development of Stirling’s first ‘Makerspace’ facility, giving members of the community access to a wide range of design tools.
The modern and bright library features mobile shelving, relaxed seating, and space for both work and study. The Local Office – where members of the community can pop in to pay rent/council tax and receive friendly help and advice – has also been retained within the library setting.
Convenor of Stirling Council's Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Cllr Chris Kane, said: “Stirling’s libraries are cherished local assets and we understand how important they are as community hubs. That’s why we are so excited about the extensive transformation of Bannockburn Library which has reinvigorated the facility and broadened the potential it offers to a wide range of users.
“The Council is committed to providing opportunities for people to build new skills and offering facilities where these skills and ideas can be developed into exciting new businesses and products.
“The refurbishment of Bannockburn library will ensure the community has a modern facility that, thanks to the introduction of Stirling’s first-ever Makerspace, will offer the opportunity to explore technology which might otherwise be beyond their reach.”
Stirling’s first Makerspace will benefit all members of the Bannockburn community including small business and entrepreneurs. Through the Makerspace people can access a wide range of tools in Stirling’s first Makerspace including:
- electronics prototyping and development
- computer Aided Design, graphics and 3D sculpting
- laser and CNC cutting vinyl, paper & fabric cutting machine
- 3D printing (FDM and Resin) including a large format printer
- moulding and vacuum forming
- jewellery making station
- printing on mugs, T-shirts, Phone covers etc
- airbrush painting station
- a range of finishing and power and hand tools
The Makerspace has been divided into two separate areas within Bannockburn Library. The first features comfortable seating, a presentation/collaborative work screen and storage boxes for makers’ projects - making it an ideal design area.
The larger area has a workbench located in the middle of the room and will be used for hosting group visits, courses, and class activities as well as other group events.
Earlier this year Stirling Libraries & Archives received £45,000 of funding from the Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF) to evaluate the impact of makerspaces within communities.
Lindsay McKrell, Team Leader with Stirling Council Libraries & Archives, explained: “We are delighted to re-open Bannockburn Library after extensive refurbishment with the addition of a bright new makerspace. It has made a huge difference to the library which was built in the 1970s. People coming in have been impressed by the transformation and are keen to use the service.
“We really appreciate the investment Stirling Council has given to the project and the adjacent Business Hub and together these will offer a fantastic resource to the community. Cowie Library will be moving to a new-build Community Hub later this year and will also include a makerspace. This project is funded by the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.”
“Stirling Council Libraries Service is delighted to have been awarded funding from PLIF for a research project in partnership with Stirling University to evaluate the impact of makerspaces and hope this will be of interest to the wider library community too.”
Vice Convenor of the Community Planning and Regeneration Committee Cllr Scott Farmer, added: “Our libraries are more than places to loan books, they are an important community resource that offer a range of services and bring huge benefits to their local residents.
“Bannockburn Library is the perfect example of our ambitions and the redecoration has created a library that is open and welcoming while being able to deliver on its community’s needs, hosting Stirling’s first-ever Makerspace which can provide the tools and resources to help residents explore new technologies, get creative and bring their ideas to life.
“The library and maker space will provide a unique resource in the heart of the community. With the business and support hub also on the way, this important investment in Bannockburn offers something for everyone.”
Find out more about Bannockburn Library, including opening hours, on the Stirling Libraries website.