Works to relocate Hyson Green Library into the existing modern and accessible Mary Potter Joint Service Centre began on Monday 3 August. The move will bring a host of benefits for local people. The new library will be modern, open plan and provide improved computer access and equipment including free WiFi.
The ‘one stop shop’ approach of locating numerous services (council, housing and health) in one Joint Service Centre has proved to be popular and increased 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 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 work to relocate and modernise Hyson Green Library is now underway.”
“The modernisation of Hyson Green Library is much needed and once complete our customers will enjoy improved facilities as well as the convenience of accessing 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.”
“Other examples across the city where libraries are based within our joint service centres have proved highly popular with local people.”
The Mary Potter Joint Service Centre remains open during the development works. Every effort will made to minimise any disruption to Centre users. It is expected that the new library will open in December 2015.