Dunstable library due for refurbishment
Dunstable library is next in line
in a series of library refurbishments planned by Central Bedfordshire Council as
part of its 15 year scheme to modernise libraries.
The library will be
closed from Monday, 21 January to Saturday, 9 February to upgrade the facilities
by installing new self-service technology and fitting a refreshment machine.
While it is closed, the council will also take the opportunity to implement a
range of energy saving measures which will save on energy bills and cut carbon
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.
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
During the refurbishment, items will have been
issued for a longer period than usual so that members will not be charged fines
while the library is closed.
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
“Dunstable library runs a wide range of activities - from
careers sessions to toddler action rhyme times - and the improvements there will
help make the service more efficient. Library staff will be freed up to spend
more time helping customers and it demonstrates our commitment to investing in
our libraries for the future.”
While the library is closed, members will
be able to access the Virtual Library to renew their books and make requests at
Members can also use
their nearest library in Houghton Regis, but can borrow items from any Central
Bedfordshire Library and return items to any Central Bedfordshire Library with
their library card.
For further information please contact: Anna
Copperwheat, Media Officer on 0300 300 4671
Central Bedfordshire Council PR 1369
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