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After listening to residents, the council is developing the new-look library which, when it opens at The Hollies, will have a wider selection of books and more shelving for easier access in a friendly and welcoming space.

New technology will give better access to the vast catalogue of more than three million items and a 'super' redesigned children’s area will have comfy soft seating and fun educational features.

Free WiFi, improved internet technology, improved access to printing including wireless technology as well as more comfortable seating and a quiet area to study, are also part of the new-look library, which will also have more usable public space for events and creative workshops for the whole community.

From Monday 19 February work will start at The Hollies and is expected to be completed in early June to create a really modern, colourful, convenient and refreshed library and information service.

Councillor Karen Warrington, cabinet member for Transformation and Customer Services, said: “We are bringing services together and really revamping Midsomer Norton’s One Stop Shop and Library to create a bright, well-resourced community space which everyone can benefit from.

“The increased floor space available in the library, as a result of moving to the Hollies, together with the refurbishment and introduction of new technology, will guarantee a long term sustainable future for the library in the town as well opening up new opportunities to regenerate the high street."

The plans for integrating Midsomer Norton Library and One Stop Shop are part of the council’s Modern Libraries Programme.