22 May 2014

New Woodingdean library – bigger, better and open longer

Woodingdean’s new library in Warren Road is expected to open on June 2.

The library will be open more hours a week than the previous one – as well as being bigger and offering better facilities.

The new facility is combined with a medical centre providing much-needed larger premises for Dr Sagar and Partners, hitherto at 1 The Ridgway. This will enable the practice to offer more facilities and services, plus better access for anyone with limited mobility.

The library, operated by Brighton & Hove City Council, will include:

•             Modern, brighter, bigger space open to all
•             Range of books, DVDs, toys and computers
•             Special focus on health information and books
•             Small meeting room for confidential discussions
•             Large computer suite and meeting room for activities
•             Out of hours entrance to maximise community use

To maximise access for the local community, particularly parents and carers, it will be opening two hours more per week – from 9am rather than 10am on Monday and Thursday.

New opening hours will therefore be Monday 9am-1pm; 2-5pm; Thursday 9am-1pm; 2-7pm; Saturday 10am-1pm; 2-4pm.  This is a 10.5 per cent increase in opening hours. 

Final opening day for the temporary library cabin will be Saturday May 24.  As Monday 26 May is a bank holiday that will mean only two days without a library in Woodingdean.

The project has been underway since March 2013, including demolition of the former library building.  

Chair of the council’s Economic Development & Culture committee Cllr Geoffrey Bowden said:  “At a time when many local authorities are closing libraries I am proud that Brighton & Hove is bucking that trend and is delivering this new library, which is double the size of its 50 year old 'temporary' predecessor, which will run alongside a better medical centre.

"By having these two facilities available under one roof it is set to become a thriving and much-valued centre for the community.”