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📰 Funding approved for new Woolston Library

    • Woolston Library, Southampton

    Woolston Library, Southampton

Funding to relocate and transform Woolston Library was approved by the council`s Cabinet this week. 
Following public consultation, the council will go ahead with plans to move the existing library - which is not accessible by wheelchair users - from its current location on Portsmouth Road to the new Centenary Quay development. 
The new library will occupy a 760m² space on the ground floor of the development, bringing it into line with other district centre libraries and will cost £957,000. The new library will be fully accessible and provide the community with free computer and internet access, book, audio and film loan as well as photocopying, scanning and printing services. It will be in a prime location and be a gateway to Centenary Quay. 
The levels of items available for people choose from will increase by 50 per cent and will be displayed in attractive, modern ways more akin to a bookshop than a traditional library. The interior fittings will be moveable and flexible to enable it to change to meet needs and function as a space for larger scale community activities when the library is closed. For smaller activities there will be a large meeting room. The aim is to make the library a thriving centre for local activity. 
There will be full disabled access, including toilet facilities, enabling people with disabilities to enjoy unrestricted use of library services in Woolston for the first time. 
Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Leisure, Councillor Matt Tucker, said: “We`re delighted to be delivering this new library for the community as it was a facility that was identified by residents as a priority for Centenary Quay. It will not only be built to the highest standards, but its facilities will build on the improvements we have made to our library service at other locations."