Exciting makeover for Up Hatherley Library

Published
17.10.2016

Up Hatherley Library will be closed from 26th November - 10th December 2016 whilst it is refurbished and new technology is installed.

Up Hatherley Library is Gloucestershire's fifth busiest library and will be refreshed, creating new seating areas for people to enjoy new books that are going to be purchased for the library, as well as new digital equipment, including a gadget bar and interactive table. A gadget bar is a table with tablets fixed to it.  The interactive table will include software, access to websites and applications, loaded onto it that can be used like a large tablet.

Library users will also benefit from the library being open longer from 12th December. Volunteers, who have received specialist training, will be working alongside current staff to allow the library to open at 9.30am on Fridays, rather than 1pm. The library will remain closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Volunteers will be working alongside existing library staff.

Cllr Simon Wheeler, county councillor for Benhall and Up Hatherley, said: "Whilst the temporary closure will be a slight inconvenience, I am sure the end result for residents in Up Hatherley will be certainly worth it.

"I am really pleased to see that our local library is going to be getting fantastic new equipment and new furniture. The library is a very much used and valued asset here"

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for Libraries said: "Libraries are such an important link for local people. By updating technology and increasing hours at Up Hatherley, we can continue to offer more services locally to people. Thank you to all our staff and volunteers who help make that happen."

During the closure, customers can use the online services at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries, the library app, and renew items via the library helpline on 0845 2305420.

The nearest main library is Cheltenham Library, Clarence Street, GL50 3JT.

You can find out more information by visiting www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries, or following the twitter handle @Gloslibs or liking the facebook page, Gloucestershire Libraries.

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