The Curve is Slough’s iconic library and cultural centre, right in the heart of the town.

Delivered by SUR, The Curve houses the central library, café, Slough Museum, performance venue, community learning spaces, computer suites, exhibition space and the Registry Office, including a purpose-built wedding room. The Curve is open and fully accessible for everyone with public Wi-Fi throughout.


The Curve is an exciting development that is integral to the borough’s ongoing regeneration. It was the first major project delivered by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR). With its unique three-dimensional curved form, this £22 million, 4,500m² library, performance and cultural centre with space for council meetings and exhibitions began construction in January 2014 and opened to the public in September 2016. 

The Curve won Development of the Year at the Thames Valley Property Awards 2017.


The Curve is a superb facility for the town, its residents and local businesses too, with several rooms available for hire.

In its first week of operations:

  • More than 7,000 books were issued compared with 11,000 for the previous month as a whole

  • 522 new members joined compared with 430 for a whole month previously

  • 2,000 members visited with over 1,000 using the public computers

In its first year of opening the library saw a 59% increase in library membership and a 42% increase in children’s borrowing.