Li­brary to close for es­sen­tial works

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By JOHN WAKE­FIELD news@wok­ing­ham­pa­

A LI­BRARY is to close to al­low es­sen­tial main­te­nance work to be car­ried out.

Ear­lier this week, Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil an­nounced the plan to shut Twyford’s li­brary in Pole­hamp­ton Close to en­able the re­fur­bish­ment to be car­ried out.

The works comes after the Coun­cil’s Ex­ec­u­tive ap­proved fund­ing for the re­pairs to be un­der­taken.

This in­cludes re­pair­ing the roof, which cur­rently leaks in a num­ber of places; re­plac­ing the win­dows; and some in­ter­nal re­dec­o­ra­tion.

It is ex­pected that the li­brary will be closed from midNovem­ber for ap­prox­i­mately four weeks.

Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil said that dur­ing the clo­sure, res­i­dents will still be able to ac­cess on­line li­brary ser­vices such as the e-book and e-au­dio ser­vices.

For those peo­ple who would still like to visit a li­brary, they can use any of the other li­braries within the Bor­ough, with War­grave or Winnersh li­braries be­ing the clos­est al­ter­na­tives.

The coun­cil added that it un­der­stands that the li­brary in Twyford re­mains pop­u­lar and well-used.

While th­ese works are planned the Coun­cil is tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to re­view li­brary open­ing hours in the area and en­sure the li­brary is open when there is most de­mand, and to give best avail­abil­ity of li­brary ser­vices within the north of the Bor­ough.

Fur­ther de­tails of any changes, to­gether with more pre­cise dates for when the work will be un­der­taken will be pub­lished in The Wok­ing­ham Pa­per when they are made avail­able.

In a state­ment, Cllr Nor­man Jorgensen, ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment, said: “I’m pleased that the Coun­cil is able to con­tinue its pro­gramme of in­vest­ment in our li­braries. The cur­rent site in Twyford is now show­ing sig­nif­i­cant signs of wear and we need to un­der­take th­ese re­pairs so that we can en­sure that we are able to con­tinue to de­liver the ser­vices we know our res­i­dent value. I’m also pleased that the

“Li­brary Ser­vice is con­stantly mon­i­tor­ing the use of each li­brary and look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to make the ser­vice avail­able when most peo­ple want it to be.

“I would also like to stress that th­ese es­sen­tial re­pairs will not in­ter­fere with the on­go­ing dis­cus­sions with lo­cal groups in Twyford about pos­si­ble new sites for the li­brary some­time in the fu­ture.”

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