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Gaining STEAM: Library introduces new innovative creative space


Gloucester Library is set for a brand new £38,000 flexible study space.

The new area will transform the library into a modern space for all library users from March this year.

Visitors will soon benefit from upgraded wi-fi and over £10,000 of new books in a new comfortable study area providing access to the latest resources. The library transformation will create a flexible space to host innovative activities for children and young people such as Code Club and STEAM events.

Cllr Pam Tracey, county councillor for Hempsted and Westgate, said: “It’s very exciting that the city’s central library is receiving such a positive investment. The reshaping of the library will allow for more flexible use, including events and other activities.

“In particular, the library will be providing equipment to support the county’s young pioneers with STEAM events such as SMASHfestUK that was hosted last year in Gloucester. We’re looking to host a variety of activities in the future to provide people with a range of creative and educational opportunities.”

New soft seating with additional power supplies will triple the available seating on the ground floor, enabling users to access wi-fi from portable devices in a more relaxed and comfortable study environment.

The £38k scheme has been funded through s106 developer contributions towards improving the local area. Work is scheduled from 19th March and will be finished by 26th March 2018.

The library will stay open for most of the works, however it will be closed for one day on Thursday 22nd March whilst electrical work is carried out. Customers are asked to note that during the works there will be intermittent noise throughout the library. Staff will ensure that a range of materials are still available to customers during the works.

Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member responsible for libraries, said: “Gloucester Library is being given a makeover so that it remains an exciting, relevant and worthwhile place to visit as we move into the third decade of the 21st Century. We’re adding thousands more books, we’re also creating more areas where library users can access wi-fi in comfort.”

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