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Somerset library ‘beyond end of life’ to move to new home

Somerset library ‘beyond end of life’ to move to new home

Nailsea Library is to relocate to new premises in the town next month – in a bid to secure its future. North Somerset Council, which owns the current building in Somerset Square , has signed a 125-year lease on a unit at Colliers Walk, once home to HSBC Bank.

The library will open at its new base on July 19. The move comes after council chiefs said the current 50 year- old library building is beyond its end of life and in poor condition.

It is in need of repairs to its roof due to regular flooding and is energy inefficient. The building – which is also understood to be suffering from concrete cancer – also doesn’t meet modern accessibility standards.

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Due to the number of books and resources that need to be relocated between buildings, the library will close the doors in its current location on July 1. Customer loans will be automatically extended and during the temporary closure, customers can use their library card at any other library including Clevedon, Portishead and Yatton. Customers can also access free eBooks and eAudiobooks from home at LibrariesWest.

The move will make the town’s library more accessible and will offer services including internet and digital support and community support and advice sessions. It will also offer free access to computers and activities to families and people of all ages.

The new library includes improved digital facilities funded by the Department for Levelling Up using an award of £27,595 from its UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Extended Access allows registered users to borrow books, use computers and wi-fi outside of staffed library hours.

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  • June 25, 2023