Names unveiled for Liverpool’s new Central Library
SIR Paul McCartney and more than 100 literary greats are to have their names put in stone on the back of Liverpool’s new library.
Liverpool Central Library and Archive will pay homage to some of city’s most iconic writers.
The Literary Pavement will celebrate authors who lived and worked by the Mersey.
Poet Roger McGough, TV writer Carla Lane and author Anne Baker have also made the final list.
A 22-metre long walkway will lead from William Brown Street to the entrance of the restored library.
Engraved on it will be titles from world books, cinema and music, which can also be found inside the Grade II-listed building.
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney praised the people who voted for him.
He added: “Thank you for doing me the honour.”
The 150-year-old library is undergoing a £50m facelift and is due to reopen in 2013.
There has already been a response from the Arthur Ransome Literary Estate, who said they were happy for “Swallows and Amazons” to be carved into the granite floor.
A spokesman said: “I’m sure that Arthur Ransome would be pleased to be associated with it.”
Members of the public have also voiced their support via a feedback form.
“I think it’s a wonderful idea and will be a constant reminder of the classics that are available inside the library.”
“Thought provoking – love it!”
“An outstanding idea. I cannot wait to see this unveiled.”
Inside the building, there will be an area dedicated to famous quotations.
These include: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country,” – John F. Kennedy.
“I have a dream today” – Martin Luther King.
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” – John Lennon.
The building dates back to 1860, and the famous Hornby Library and Oak Reading Rooms will be fully open to the public for the first time.
The Library’s façade, which was destroyed by a World War II bomb, will also be rebuilt.
The revamped Central Library will also include a new home for the Liverpool Record Office which will house 14km of archives from the last 800 years.
There will also be state-of-the- art IT facilities which will allow young people to download music and games onto MP3 and MP4 players together with wi-fi and access to computers.
Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Cllr Wendy Simon, said: “The outcome is fantastically diverse and will hopefully stimulate debate for years to come.”