Up Hatherley Library gets digital makeover

Published
07.09.2016

One of the most loved and well used libraries in Gloucestershire is going to be getting new furniture and digital equipment over the next few months and is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the library family to help increase the hours it serves the community.

Up Hatherley Library is Gloucestershire County Council's fifth busiest library and will be refreshed, creating new seating areas for people to enjoy new books that are going to be purchased. 

The library will also be holding a special welcoming and information event for any potential volunteer at the library on Tuesday 13th September from 9.30am - 11am. 

Alongside this, the county council will be introducing exciting new technology in the form of a gadget bar and interactive table.

Members of the library will be able to come along and get support to try out the new technologies and digital services such as eBooks and eMagazines.

To make sure that everyone can take advantage of the new innovations, Up Hatherley Library would like to extend opening hours and are seeking some enthusiastic and energetic volunteers to help do this. Volunteers will be working alongside existing library staff to support the enhanced services and would receive full training.

Volunteering is a great way to build up a CV and can help people get back into work, as well as a great way to meet new people, build confidence and learn new skills.

Currently the library opens five days a week, all day Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and in the afternoon/early evening on Friday. It is hoped that with volunteer support the library can extend to open Wednesday afternoons or Friday mornings.

Cllr Simon Wheeler, county councillor for Benhall and Up Hatherley, said: "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"

"Up Hatherley Library is a wonderful community point for many residents of all ages and volunteering at the library could be a fantastic way to further support this."

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for Libraries said: "Our library service is a vital link for several groups and helps many people with learning, advice and support.

"By updating technology and increasing hours at Up Hatherley, we can continue to offer more services locally to people. It doesn't matter if you don't have any experience, our friendly team will be working alongside you to help."

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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