More investment in South Gloucestershire libraries

Posted on Sunday 21st March 2010 at 6:12 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council

South Gloucestershire Council has started a £600,000 programme of improvements to the district’s libraries.

Extensions to the existing facilities will be taking place at Bradley Stoke, Hanham and Winterbourne libraries and later in the year Kingswood Library will have an upgrade to its interior.

Since many of the libraries were built new services have been introduced such as internet access, DVD and computer game hire. The extensions will allow the library service to improve the space for the display of stock and further develop services for children as well as accommodating the new digital formats.

The programme started this week with the extension of Bradley Stoke Library. The main library is being extended which is great news for younger library members who will benefit from a much larger children’s area.

On 29 March, Hanham Library will also be extended to enhance the public area and a programme of refurbishment will take place to improve the overall layout of the building.

Winterbourne Library is next on the list to be extended on 12 April and will also receive an interior refurbishment.

And finally, Kingswood Library will be getting an extensive interior refurbishment in May which follows on from earlier improvements to the children’s area made three years ago.

Cllr Heather Goddard, executive member for communities, said: “Hot on the heels of the extensive makeover of Yate library these exciting improvements are the latest phase in a £1.1 million programme of work that is transforming South Gloucestershire’s libraries. By the end of this year users will benefit from the council’s impressive investment in both stock and facilities at our increasingly well-used libraries.”

The libraries will be closed for varying periods from May to August and all users will be kept fully updated.

In order to minimise costs the projects are running at approximately the same time this spring and in all cases we will be communicating with both our neighboursand customers to keep them fully informed of any impact to them or their services that the construction work could have.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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