New Central Library and Museum
Doncaster’s new Central Library and Museum, which will be on the junction of Waterdale and Chequer Road in the town centre, will be a new home for Heritage Doncaster and Doncaster Libraries.
The plans see four existing buildings (Doncaster Central Library, Doncaster Archives in Balby, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, and the Library Services for Schools at Top Road, Barnby Dun) consolidated into one dynamic central hub that will inspire creativity, informal learning, and innovation.
This modern and iconic new build will retain and sympathetically restore the frontage of the former Hall Cross Girls School building, which will be encased in a glass façade to showcase an iconic part of Doncaster’s architectural heritage.
It will be designed as a modern, light, airy building which is set over four floors. The building will be designed in a way that offers flexibility to allow it to be enjoyed by all residents, businesses and visitors to Doncaster.
The new space will help support the local and creative economy, by providing opportunities for young people, creatives, and small business owners to develop skills that help build a successful career.
The striking building will also have the space and facilities to display exhibits which have been locked away from public view for years, including the Royal Borough Charters.
Other features include an exciting new rail heritage centre showcasing memorabilia from the famous Hall Cross collection and the possibility to display two locomotive engines built in Doncaster.
The new building will also become home to:
- The children’s and adult lending libraries
- Doncaster Museum
- Doncaster Art Gallery
- The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) Museum
- A high quality education space
- A small and micro-business start-up space
- Training and conference facilities
Cabinet has approved the designs and work began on the site in October 2018 with an anticipated completion date of summer 2020.