Jubilee Library

Opened 3 March 2005

Brighton's Jubilee Library is a £14 million landmark building and the focus of a new city square, completed in 2005. It is part of an ambitious £50 million PFI regeneration scheme in central Brighton, which has transformed a major site, largely derelict for half a century, into a vibrant space for contemporary urban living.

This innovative, modern library, a large public building of unusually high quality, is one of the most energy efficient public buildings in the country. It offers a fresh, new approach to library service delivery. Jubilee Library also extended Brighton's flourishing cultural quarter, focused on the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Dome, historic Theatre Royal and Komedia cinema and cabaret venue. 

Brighton & Hove City Council commissioned the library and site redevelopment and are running all aspects of the library service. The architects were Bennetts Associates and Lomax, Cassidy & Edwards. Mill Group is the investor, developer and operator for the Jubilee site re-development.


Photos: Nicholas Sinclair

Press Coverage

National Newspapers

Sunday Times

27 February 2005
“All Booked Up”: large feature, with three images, by Hugh Pearman.


28 February 2005
“Sweet and Low Down”: double page spread, with five photographs, by Jonathan Glancey.

12 February 2005
Photograph by Roger Bamber of Nigel Imi examining miniature book, caption about library.


2 March 2005
“A new chapter in design”: double page spread, with three images, by Jay Merrick.


4 March 2005
Feature, with photograph, by Marcus Binney.

3 March 2005
Photograph of Nigel Imi with miniature missal prayer book and caption for general article on World Book Day.

Times Educational Supplement

11 March 2005
Diary piece, with image, on Wall of A Thousand Stories.

Evening Standard

9 March 2005
“Buffing up Brighton”: feature on developments in Brighton, mentioning library, by Fay Sweet.

Architectural Magazines

Architects’ Journal

3 March 2005
Front cover. Twelve page building study on library with architectural sketches and six images.

Construction News

Autumn 2004
News item, with image.

Building Services Journal

November 2004
Feature on environmental engineering including photograph and item on Jubilee Library.

RIBA Journal

1 April 2005
"Word Power" feature in 'Intra' supplement. Six page interior study on library, with four images and architectural sketches.
25 February 2005
Preview piece on library, with image.


4 March 2005
“Lofty ideas, hushed tones”: feature, with architectural sketch and four images, by Martin Spring.

Building Design

25 February 2005
“Seizing the initiative”: double page spread on Jubilee library and the new Home Office, by Ellis Woodman. Full page image of library interior.


April 2005
"Brighton Rocks". Front cover and double page spread, with three images.

Other Specialist Press

PFI Intelligence Bulletin

April 2004
‘Sea of Change’: Case Study, with three photographs.

ai – for the culture industry

14 January 2005
Small feature with image: “Library to be centre of Brighton square”.

24 Hour Museum

2 March 2005
Feature, with images.

Jewish Chronicle

4 March 2005
Small feature by Cecily Woolf on Hebrew and Jewish rare books.

Sussex Jewish News

April 2005
Image, with caption, of Sally McMahon and Margaret Curson with Jewish rare books.

Library & Information Update

February 2005
Preview piece on library, with image.


Pier Productions (Radio 4)

23-28 April 2005
Series of five short stories on famous Brighton women recorded from Jubilee Library in celebration of its opening. To be broadcast in the short story slot on five consecutive afternoons.

Go4it (Radio 4)

6 March 2005
Feature recorded from children’s library with Kate Malone, Barney Harwood and local schoolchildren.

Nightwaves (Radio 3)

1 March 2005
Interviews with architects Rab Bennetts and Nick Lomax recorded at library.

Front Row (Radio 4)

4 March 2005
Interviews with Sally McMahon and architects Rab Bennetts and Nick Lomax, recorded at library.

Go Digital (BBC World Service)

March 2005
Interviews with architects Rab Bennetts and Nick Lomax and service engineer David Selvage, recorded at library.


The Culture Show (BBC2)

3 March 2005
News piece on opening of library, mentioning sustainability and regeneration scheme.

Regional Press

Brighton & Hove Leader

18 March 2005
Feature on library opening hours, with two images.

4 March 2005
“Opening chapter”: feature, with three images.

25 February 2005
“£14 Million new chapter”: Front cover with four images and large feature.

8 October 2004
Front page article outlining future plans for the new Jubilee Library.

The Insight

March 2005
Reaction piece by Simon Clayton with nine images.
“How green is our library?”: Factual piece by Oliver Lowenstein with image.

January 2005
Discussion of the changing future for Brighton’s landscape with large image of library.

October 2004
Feature with image of new library.

City News

March 2005
Issue based around opening of library. Front cover and large feature with images.

February 2005
Item on sustainability of library, with image, by Alan Stone.

November 2004
Preview feature on new library.

October 2004
“Best ever library a step closer”: preview piece on library.

September 2004
Item on rare books collection.

Sussex Life

March 2005
“Futuristic library uncovered”: feature on library, with image.

Brighton & Hove Life

April 2005
“Great Jubilee”. Full page article on library, with images of library users.

Absolute Brighton

March 2005
“The silent revolution”: feature on library, with six images, by Ian Trevett.

The Argus

17 March 2005
Item on library hours review, with image of Sue John.

7 March 2005
Feature on library opening, with image, by Miriam Wells.

4 March 2005
“Public’s chance to check out new library at last”: double page spread, with five images. Lynn Daly talks to four members of the public for their reactions to the library.

3 March 2005
“Bookworms line up for opening of library”: item on library opening, with photograph.

2 March 2005
Large photograph of Kate Malone and children in children’s library. Feature on opening, with image, by Miriam Wells.

21 February 2005
Item on Word Project and library, with two images.

17 February 2005
“£24m library will be green and pleasant”: Item on sustainability, with image.

16 February 2005
Item on Princess Royal’s visit to library, with image.

15 February 2005
Feature, with large image, about Princess Royal’s visit to library.

31 January 2005
Image of Nigel Imi holding miniature book. Double page spread on rare books collection, with four images, by Miriam Wells.

13 December 2004
“Library ready for its books”: item on hand-over of library to Council.

6 December 2004
“Paradise for Book Lovers”: double page spread, with three images.

29 November 2004
Image of men cleaning glass façade of library, with caption.

29 April 2004
“The building bookworms have been eagerly awaiting…”: double page spread, with three images, by Adam Trimingham.

This Is Brighton

4 March 2005
“Words Words Words”: exhibition featured in arts section, with image.

Sussex Jewish News

April 2005
Feature on Hebrew and Jewish rare books.

Regency Review

April 2005
Feature on opening of library, with four images.

North Laine Runner

April 2005
Double page spread on library, with two images.

The West Hill Whistler

February – March 2005
Front cover with image and large feature: “Brighton’s new Jubilee Library”.

On Route

Winter 2004
Double page spread on regeneration within Brighton, with large architectural drawing of library.

Latest Homes

9-15 March 2005
Interview with Project Manager Katharine Pearce in ‘My City’ section.


April 2005
Feature on library, with image

South Today (BBC)

1 March 2005
General feature, recorded at press preview, by Sean Killick: demonstration of self service terminals; shots of rare books collection; short interviews with artist Kate Malone and Cllr Sue John.

Meridian (ITV)

3 March 2005
General feature, recorded at library opening, by Malcolm Shaw: short interviews with Raymond Briggs and members of public; short interview with architect Nick Lomax on sustainable principles; short interview with Cllr Ken Bodfish; shots of oldest book in rare books collection and self service terminals.

Southern FM

3 March 2005
Live interview with Sue John, Deputy Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council.

1 March 2005
Live broadcast, four interviews with key personnel from library.

BBC Radio Southern Counties

3 March 2005
Children’s reactions to Wall of A Thousand Stories, recorded by Janet Lawrence.

1 March 2005
Four interviews broadcast live from library on breakfast programme: Nick Lomax, Cllr Sue John, Sally McMahon and Kate Malone.

Coastway Hospital Radio

March 2005
Feature with children’s reactions to Wall of A Thousand Stories and the library, recorded by Janet Lawrence.

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