Beeston Library refurbishment to cost £1 million

Full plans for the refurbishment of Beeston Library have been unveiled and £1 million will be spent on the project.

Work will begin on Saturday 1st October and construction is expected to take nine months.

While the library is closed, local residents will be able to use the libraries in Stapleford and Toton, which will have longer opening hours.

A temporary library will also be set up in the Beeston Youth and Community Centre, West End, which will open on Monday 24th October.

This will provide a selection of stock, some computer access and the continuation of some events, such as the popular Rattle, Rhyme, Roll for children

The renovation project will improves the building’s infrastructure, including a new roof, windows, ceiling, lights, flooring and heating system, along with new shelving and a re-design of public spaces for modern library use.

The original main entrance on Foster Avenue will be reopened, a new IT innovation suite is planned, as well as the creation of a new arts and learning room, while improvements will be made to the meeting areas and exhibition spaces.

Councillor John Knight, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Culture Committee, said: “This is part of our commitment to modernise our libraries across the county to ensure they are fit for purpose and continue to be inspiring centres for reading, learning, culture and community activity for many years to come.”

The project is being undertaken by Inspire and their chief executive, Peter Gaw, said: “At Inspire, we’re excited about the development of Beeston Library and the opportunity it gives us to create an inventive, modern space for the people of Beeston – and indeed Nottinghamshire.”

The extensive plans are currently on display in Beeston Library and residents are invited to offer feedback on the proposed works.

The original entrance to Beeston Library is pictured above and is a photo taken back in 1951.

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