Friday, 1 May 2015

Farnborough Library set to transform into a new community hub

Thursday 30 April 2015

Farnborough Library will close for seven weeks from Thursday 4 June until Thursday 23 July inclusive, to allow refurbishment works to take place to provide a new community hub for local people.
The new-look building will accommodate a modernised environment, with the latest self service technology, allowing greater flexibility in the way customers access the service and releasing staff to help those requiring more support. There will be a purpose built space for people who currently attend Hampshire County Council Day Service for people with learning disabilities and space for people who receive a service from Parkside (formerly the local Mencap). Both these services will be relocating from Aldershot to Farnborough.
The building will additionally have new activity rooms, as well as a café offering light snacks and refreshments which is due to open in October.
A Hampshire County Council spokesperson said: "This is a very exciting opportunity for us to redevelop the Farnborough library building to provide multi purpose facilities for the local community. While we regret any disruption that may be caused as a result of the temporary closure, we aim to complete the works as quickly as possible and look forward to welcoming customers back towards the end of July in time for the school holidays. We have kept the closure as short as possible which will mean a small amount of disruption will continue after re-opening."
No books will be due back during the period the library is closed, and libraries in Aldershot and Fleet remain open. Books can be borrowed or returned at any library and can be renewed via our website or through our contact centre 0300 555 1387.
The transformation of the library building and the relocation of Aldershot learning disability day services to Farnborough Library is one of a number of similar projects taking place across the county designed to bring services for people with learning disabilities closer to the local community while providing improved facilities for local residents.

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