Libraries as community hubs

A number of new projects announced this month underlines the increasing trend towards revamping libraries as part of a wider community resource.

18 October 2013

Funding is being sought to transform Glossop Library, Derbyshire, into a multi-use venue and a ‘one stop learning’ hub that will help people with such things as job applications, debt advice and getting online. The aim is to create a community ‘campus’ that goes beyond the traditional book-based library service.

Another ‘community campus’ is planned for the residents of Corsham, Wiltshire, and consultation is underway. The Springfield Campus will be a central hub for services and facilities and will house a new library to replace the current one.

Meanwhile, work has begun in Cobham, Surrey, on a new library combined with a nursery and community hub that will sit with a new housing development adjacent to the site.

Enfield has announced a £4.5 investment in the refurbishment of Palmers Green library. Work is expected to start next summer on upgrading the library, with a greater commitment to free wi-fi services and more public access computers.


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