Biggleswade Library Now Upgraded
|Author: Anna Copperwheat, Media Officer, CBC||Published: 9th October 2012 11:30|
Biggleswade library has recently been refurbished as part of Central Bedfordshire Council's 15 year scheme to modernise libraries.
The library was closed between 24 September and 6 October to upgrade the building layout, install new self-service technology and introduce a read and relax area.
The self service desks allow customers to scan in books and other items that they want to borrow, return or renew meaning library staff will be able to spend more of their time helping customers. The library reopened on Monday, 8 October.
Feedback from residents was gathered as part of the council's Libraries for the Future consultation and has been reflected in plans to develop the service and individual libraries.
In the next two years the council is investing £850,000 to improve the service. This will include updating buildings and installing new self-service technology, developing the online library and piloting library access points in rural communities.
Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member Sustainable Communities, Services said: "Feedback from residents last year proved just how much people value their local libraries as a focal point for learning, information and culture in our communities.
"Because of that, we have decided that no library should close and we should make the service more available, extending its reach into local communities.
"Biggleswade is a really popular library and the improvements there will help make the service more efficient, will free up library staff to spend more time helping customers and demonstrates our commitment to investing in our libraries for the future."
Note - Other libraries in Central Bedfordshire will be renovated from now until February 2013. Details about the improvements and when works will take place will be available from each library and on the council's website http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/librariesforthefuture.