A new chapter has been written in the story of Bannockburn Library as the newly refurbished facility opens its doors to the public.
Bannockburn Library has undergone an extensive refurbishment and redecoration, which includes the development of Stirling’s first ‘Makerspace’ facility, as part of a £1.2 million regeneration project for Bannockburn. The project will also deliver a new business and support hub in the former RBS unit at Quakerfield, which, along with the reopened library, will provide infrastructure, technology and services in the heart of Bannockburn to help residents and businesses thrive.

The library has undergone an extensive refurbishment and redecoration, which includes the development of Stirling’s first ‘Makerspace’ facility, as part of a £1.2 million regeneration project for Bannockburn.

The project will also deliver a new business and support hub in the former RBS unit at Quakerfield, which, along with the reopened library, will provide infrastructure, technology and services in the heart of Bannockburn to help residents and businesses thrive.

Stirling Council secured funding from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund, as well as contributing funds from its own capital budget, to facilitate the project.

A modern, welcoming library

The refurbishment of Bannockburn Library provides a modern, bright library space with mobile shelving, relaxed seating and space for work or study. The new Makerspace will deliver a community resource and benefit small businesses and entrepreneurs.

The Local Office located in the library is re-opening too, so people can pop in to pay rent/council tax and receive friendly help and advice regarding all local office enquiries, such as repairs, special uplifts and housing allocations.

Important community hubs

Convenor of the Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillor 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.”

A unique resource for the community

Vice Convenor, Councillor Scott Farmer, said: “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.”

Stirling's first Makerspace

Bannockburn Makerspace will make a number of tools accessible to the community. These include:

  • electronics prototyping and development
  • computer Aided Design, graphics and 3D sculpting
  • laser and CNC cutting vinyl, paper and 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  (removed the first part in this case)
  • airbrush painting station  
  • a range of finishing and power and hand tools  

The Makerspace is in two parts with one area intended as a design area and collaborative space. This offers a relaxed and informal environment featuring storage boxes for makers’ projects, comfortable seating and a presentation/collaborative work screen.

The larger maker area is separate with a workbench situated in the middle of the room.  It will serve a dual role, suitable for work and for hosting group visits, courses and class activities.