Hyson Green Library is relocating to the Mary Potter Centre next month bringing a host of benefits for local people.
The existing library building on Gregory Boulevard will close to the public on Saturday 7 November and, over the following fortnight, the library resources will be transferred to the existing modern and accessible Mary Potter Joint Service Centre further down the same road. The library will officially open its doors again to the public from within the Mary Potter centre on Monday 23 November.
The new library will be modern, open plan and provide improved computer access and equipment, including free WiFi. There will also be a dedicated under 5s children’s area and the library will be open longer. The new library will offer opportunities for a greater range of activities and events for all ages.
The ‘one stop shop’ approach of locating numerous services (council, housing and health) in one Joint Service Centre has proved to be popular and has increased local people’s access to services. For example, the number of local people using library services in Bulwell increased significantly following the opening of the Bulwell Riverside Joint Service Centre in 2012 where the local library is co-located with other services within the same building.
Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dave Trimble, said, “It’s great news that the Hyson Green Library is relocating to the Mary Potter Centre. Library customers will enjoy improved modern facilities in the new building, as well as the convenience of being able to access several services under one roof. Not only does this bring benefits to local people but it is also a more efficient way for the Council to provide services. We expect that this move will encourage more people in Hyson Green to make the most of their local library.”