Date Published: 13 March 2017
Work is continuing as part of an extensive project to improve the facilities at Oakham Library.
Plans to refurbish Oakham Library were agreed by Rutland County Council last year and aim to ensure the building can continue to serve as the County’s main library for the next 25 years.
No significant improvements have been made to Oakham Library since it was first built in 1972, despite the service attracting around 90,000 visits a year.
Work to clear the building, take up flooring and remove the old suspended ceiling is now complete. Contractors have also removed several internal walls, along with all lighting and electrical wiring. Some minor tree works are also planned around the library building.
“The refurbishment of Oakham Library is a big project. We’re making a significant investment in the library’s future by breathing new life into the building and providing quality facilities for the people who use it. Having stripped the building back to its basic shell we can see just how much work needs doing and we’re excited by the opportunity this gives us to develop a truly first-class community space for residents.”
Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Deputy Leader of Rutland County Council
Once complete, fully refurbished library building will have:
- A brand new layout inside
- Better lighting and electrics
- New ceiling
- New seating and shelving
Work on the library is due to be completed in summer 2017, along with the relocation of Visions Children’s Centre from Catmose College.
A temporary library service continues to be provided at Rutland County Museum while the refurbishment takes place. For further details, please visit our Rutland County Museum page.