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£1m refurbishment of library underway

£1m library refurbishment gets underway

31 October 2017

The £1m plans to transform North Lincolnshire Central Library in Scunthorpe are underway and the building will close its doors on Saturday 11 November at 4pm before relocating temporarily to The Base from 4 December.

Under the plans it will get a complete internal make-over to turn it into a community hub - bringing many services together under one roof. It will become a focal point for people to meet, borrow books, access job and training opportunities and get housing and health advice, plus a whole range of information.

North Lincolnshire Council held a successful event at the library in October to publicise and engage with service users to share and discuss the opportunities presented on the plans.

Work will start on Monday 13 November and the library will open its doors as a new community hub in spring 2018. 

Whilst the exciting transformation is in progress, key services available at the library will available at The Base in Scunthorpe (next to the library in Church Square).

A loan facility will be available for fiction, non-fiction, children’s and reference books.

Customers will be able to use computers for general access and for historic mapping and complete copies of local trade directories.

There will be a provision of local and family history records, and customers will be able to access online subscriptions. A microfilm reader will also enable visitors to read local newspapers, census returns and other information.

Group activities will carry on at The Base. This will include the popular Knit and Natter on Wednesdays, Trading Card Club on Wednesdays, Newschat on Thursdays and Pokemon Club on Saturdays. The Tuesday Job Club attendees will be temporarily redirected to the Action Station on Cole Street in Scunthorpe, which holds job clubs twice a week on Monday afternoons and, for the under 24s on Thursday afternoons. Library Explorers will move to Ashby Library.

Prior to services being provided at The Base on 4 December, group activities will be held at alternative venues so that service is not disrupted. Activities include:

  • Wednesday 15, 22 and 29 November 10am to 11.30am – Knit and Knatter at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

  • Thursday 16, 23 and 30 November from 10.30am to 12 noon – Newschat at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

  • Thursday 16, 23 and 30 November from 10am to 11am – Library Explorers at Ashby Library

There will be drop boxes in Church Square House and 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, where you will be able to return your loans. You will also be able to use facilities at any of our libraries, such as using computers, requesting books, and issuing and returning loans, including items originally borrowed from the Central Library.

The move forms ambitious plans for the town that will see it transformed through a £60m investment programme involving the public, private and voluntary sector.

The library will incorporate employment advice, housing advice, health and council customer services. Work will include creating new meeting rooms and activity spaces, refurbishing the library, creating an attractive shared ground floor reception and a range of self-serve access and improved IT.

The popular children’s library and local studies service will remain and there will still be a wide selection of books to suit all tastes. Key specialist services including local history and regular programme of children’s events and activities will also remain.

Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for Community Wellbeing, said:

“This is a major investment that will strengthen the offer provided so that instead of people having to go to different buildings, they will be able to just go to one right in the heart of Scunthorpe town centre. There will be a whole range of services under one roof – offering a more flexible, accessible and joined-up approach.

“The current library will close its doors on 11 November to the public so that work can begin on the transformation. But we are ensuring key services are continued to be provided at The Base. During the three week period a range of activities will be taking place at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and Ashby Library. You can also go to alternative libraries in North Lincolnshire to access your usual library services.”

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First Published:31 October 2017