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Library to close for vital roof repairs

Published
09.03.2020

A library in Cheltenham will be closed for four weeks so vital repairs to its roof can be carried out.

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The roof at Charlton Kings Library needs to be repaired due to damage that is causing leaks so it will be closed from Tuesday 21 April to Tuesday 19 May to ensure the work can be carried out safely. The library will reopen at 9.30am on Wednesday 20 May.

Staff will work out of Prestbury Library during the closure period so its opening hours can be extended and customers can use it as an alternative. It will be open for two extra mornings per week, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9.30am to 1pm and an extra Baby Bounce and Rhyme session will be held there on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 11am. It will then revert back to its normal opening hours from Monday 18 May.

Customers can also use our online catalogue to reserve items or download e-books and magazines at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries. They can also use the library app and renew items via the library helpline on 01452 426973.

During the temporary closure no stock that customers have borrowed will need to be returned and stock held at the library will be unavailable for ordering.

The work, to be carried out by Gloucester-based Town and City Builders, involves about half of the roof area that has suffered leaks during the recent wet weather.

Cllr Dave Norman, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for libraries, said: “It’s important to us that everyone enjoys visiting the library so we took immediate action when we found out about these leaks to arrange for repairs to be carried out to the roof. We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause our customers and we thank them for their patience during this temporary closure.”

Cllr Matt Babbage, local councillor for Charlton Kings, said: “It’s vital that these repairs take place so people can visit the library in warm and dry conditions. We hope customers will enjoy browsing our online catalogues while it is closed and take advantage of the extra opening times at Prestbury Library.”

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