20 April 2018
Work to improve Scunthorpe library and turn it into a new community hub called Scunthorpe Central, catering for a wide range of needs, is nearing completion.
With just over a month to go before it opens to the public, Cllr Julie Reed, North Lincolnshire Council’s cabinet member for Adults and Health, was given a guided tour to see just how it is shaping up.
The project is part of the regeneration plans to transform the town centre in a £60m investment.
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.
The transformed building will provide:
A range of self-serve access
Large attractive shared ground floor reception
New meeting rooms and activity rooms
New quiet room
Scunthorpe Central will open to the public 14 May 2018.
Citizens Advice North Lincolnshire will relocate from Oswald Road into Scunthorpe Central and provide a range of free advice to help people resolve their legal, money and other problems. To enable this to happen, the premises on Oswald Road will need to close 30 April to 4 May. It will then reopen for the final week until Scunthorpe Central opens.
The Action Station on Cole Street will also move into Scunthorpe Central. To allow this to happen, the Cole Street building will close 4 May.
The Base will need to close for two weeks from Monday 30 April until Scunthorpe Central opens. This is essential to enable staff to move the contents into the new venue.
Key dates to be aware of:
30 April – The Base closes
30 April to 4 May – Citizens Advice North Lincolnshire closes, then reopens on Oswald Road for the final week
4 May – Action Station closes
14 May – Scunthorpe Central opens to the public
Cllr Julie Reed, said:
“It is exciting to see how the building is being transformed. We are creating a fantastic facility for all to enjoy using the existing library building as the shell and completely renovating the inside.
“I am really impressed with progress so far. It is now a much more open, light and airy space that will cater for a whole range of needs all under one roof.
“The new facility will be much more than a library; there’ll be a new quiet room, rooms people can book for events or meetings, a children’s library and much more.
“People will be able to get advice on health and wellbeing, job and training opportunities and with Citizens’ Advice North Lincolnshire also based there, it provides a great opportunity for organisations to work more closely together for the benefit of local residents.”
Alan Usher, Chief Executive, Scunthorpe Citizen’s Advice Bureau, said:
“The building is amazing and looks great. We are very much looking forward to moving from our premises on Oswald Road into Scunthorpe Central. Bringing key services together and making it easier for residents to access, makes perfect sense. It also presents a great opportunity for us to expand and look at future funding. We look forward to continuing to provide a great advice and support service to our customers.”