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Refurbishment will renew library for next 25 years

Date Published: 07 November 2016
Oakham Library

Plans have gone on display at Oakham Library showing how it will benefit from an extensive programme of work to improve services and facilities at the site.

Earlier this year Rutland County Council agreed to invest up to £280k in Oakham Library to refurbish facilities there and ensure it can continue to serve local residents over the next 25 years. This will include work to the lighting, flooring, ceiling and electrics, as well as repairs to the roofing outside.

The nature of this work means the library will need to close its doors for several months. As a result, Oakham Library services will temporarily move to Rutland County Museum but will return to normal as soon as the refurbishment is complete.

“Oakham Library provides a fantastic array of services for people of all ages and is a real asset to our community. This is reflected in the library’s popularity and is one of the main reasons we are making such a significant investment in the future of the building. We need to relocate library services to the exhibition space at Rutland County Museum for a short time, while we have builders and contractors on site, but once the work is done people can look forward to returning to a much improved library with better facilities for adults, children and young people.”
Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Portfolio Holder for Culture

Oakham Library will be closed to members of the public from 15th December as work begins on site. The museum-based library service will open less than a week later on 21st December.

The museum will extend its opening hours from four to six days a week to accommodate the library but will continue to operate as normal, although no special exhibitions will take place. All refurbishment work is due to be completed by summer 2017, after which the service will move back to the Oakham Library building.

Cllr Hemsley added: “The museum-based library service will be slightly reduced compared to what people are currently used to but our core services will remain in place throughout. We will have just under half the usual number of computers, with free internet and Wi-Fi, and all of our online services will be available. We will have around a third of the normal stock levels including  books, DVDs, magazines and newspapers but no CDs. Reading groups will also continue as normal, albeit with a little less space, and requests, renewals and enquiries will all carry on as normal.”
Councillor Oliver Hemsley

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