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First-look at £360k plans for Aylesbury library

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Published by the Mix96 News Team at 7:55am 12th August 2017

There's a chance to see the new plans for Aylesbury library today.

Over £360,000 is being invested in the site, merging the lending and study centres.

This is the first in a series of events.

Before detailed plans are drawn, the County Council is inviting residents to help shape the way the new library will look and feel, its layout and design.

The design team will be at four exhibition events in August and September to meet library members and residents, discuss the outline plans on show, and seek feedback and suggestions.

Noel Brown, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health, said:

"Our aim is to give Aylesbury a library fit for the 21st century, and in a prime position in the town centre.

"Our plans aren't cast in stone, which is why we want people to feed into the design team's ideas."

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Noel Brown and Library Assistant Alison Henley in the children's section, which will be improved as part of the plans

Noel said that converting the existing lending library space into a multi-purpose study centre, reference and lending library would give Aylesbury well-designed, state-of-the-art facilities that would include:

  • Improved access to study centre resources
  • A new teenage area
  • An improved children's section
  • Longer opening hours
  • New meeting rooms
  • More advanced technology 
  • Better toilets and baby-changing area

Better use of space would involve removing reception desks, providing self-service points, and using the library's columns for computer work stations.

It would also make room for a flexible public meeting space that could be used as extra study area capacity at busy times.

Noel added:

"We're in a prime position and this is a golden opportunity to provide a high quality shop front not only for a modern library but also for County Council services.

"I'm very excited about this project. It demonstrates our commitment to modernising library services to make them fit for the technological age in which we live, to inspire new generations of users, and to create a community hub that helps our residents to connect well with the County Council."

Work on the conversion, which will save the County Council £87,000 a year, is due to start early next year and be finished in April.

Proposals can be seen at the four exhibition events (below) or on the County Council website

  • Saturday 12 August - Lending library 9.30am-1pm
  • Monday 14 August - Study Centre 10am-1pm
  • Tuesday 15 August - Lending library 2-7pm
  • Thursday 14 Sept - Study centre 2.30-5.30pm
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