Public library buildings in the past stood as symbols of the strength of civic culture. Even today, great and modern world cities, confident and aspirational cities, build great public libraries: Vancouver; Seattle; Copenhagen; Amsterdam; Aarhus.
Our city should have a new Library of Hull to demonstrate our confidence in the future, to be at the centre of the life of the city, and to be a legacy of the City of Culture.
The scope of the Library of Hull would be large, varied and grand in aspiration.
Certainly a library of books, but also a space for art and performance, a place for meetings and conferences, a place to encounter inspiring technology, a place to meet and socialise, a place to find out and to learn, above all a place to be inspired.
A place to make the city proud of itself.