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Families to benefit from new-look library development

13 August 2012
West Bridgford ceremony

Better facilities for families

There will be much for families to enjoy in the new £5.3m West Bridgford Library and Young People’s Centre which opens next spring.

That is the view of library managers at Nottinghamshire County Council who are currently working towards the new look library.

The library already has a high number of families who have a strong affiliation with the service. West Bridgford is one of the busiest libraries in the county in terms of book loans and visits.

Carol Newman, Team Manager for Library Service Development at the county council, said: “Work on the West Bridgford Library and Young People’s Centre is going well and forms part of the county council’s Library Strategy over the next ten years to invest in our libraries.

“In the last two years, there have been similar monetary investments in both Worksop and Mansfield Libraries, and the evidence shows that the new-look libraries have been especially popular with families.

Among the improvements will see the children’s area moved to the ground floor, a greater level of stock and facilities and a greater number of family-based activities.

Ms Newman explained: “The investment will allow us to provide improved opportunities for families to spend more quality time together in the library. By giving families, children, parents and their grandchildren the environment to have fun and learn together that can only have benefits for the children’s development and learning and enjoyment for the whole family.”

While work is underway, a temporary library is open at 52A Rectory Road, on the first and second floor of the building. And during the summer, a mobile library service is providing a venue for the Summer Reading Challenge in the locality.

The new, larger and enhanced library is planned on the current site, in Central Avenue, West Bridgford, scheduled for opening in spring 2013. The plans will see the historic frontage of the existing library site retained, with the rest of the site being developed with a sleek new building and enhanced facilities.

New features

The site will also feature:

  • a new young people’s centre which will include a meeting place, a recording studio, a performance area and a dance area
  • new offices for the registration service
  • the Shopmobility Service, which will also be transferring to the new building, providing improved facilities for its service users
  • gallery
  • two community rooms
  • two floors filled with books
  • free use of computers, internet and WI-FI.
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