By 19th April 2024

It was extremely exciting to be involved in the design and delivery of this new library for the community, completely funded by that community.

The old Strathblane Library was housed in a 40-year-old portacabin. Local residents decided to bring the community together and make things happen to replace it. Strathblane resident and businessman Angus Graham, Thomas Graham's great great nephew, generously donated almost three quarters of the £1million cost for the project, with the rest of the money being raised through the community and grant aid.

About the project 

The beautiful new Thomas Graham Community Library building sits on the site of the old one, adjacent to the primary school. Benches, generously made by a local gentleman, using oak from a tree felled on the main funder’s land, are placed outside.

The new library features a largely glassed north wall with broad views up to the Campsie Hills.

The building has strong eco-credentials, including an advanced energy generating system based on roof-mounted solar panels, an air-sourced heat pump and battery storage. Most impressive of all, it has achieved a Carbon Neutral rating for its energy performance.

While the library will supply books and other materials for reading and borrowing, there are also two community rooms for educational activities. It also contains an expanded collection of books, a dedicated children’s area and accessible IT desks.

Our photographer has been out and about this month and we have some new and dramatic photos to share. 

Read more about Thomas Graham Community Library here.  




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