Central library closing ahead of Library @ the Lightbox

The Central Library at Wellington House will close from Saturday 1 June, in anticipation of the new Library @ the Lightbox opening on Saturday 13 July.

During the closure, residents can borrow and return items at any library across Barnsley. Computer access is also available at other libraries. Items can be renewed online, and no fines will be charged for items borrowed from Central Library prior to closure.  Alternatively, customers can keep any items and return them to the Library @ the Lightbox, once it is open.

It is only the library in Wellington House that will be closing; all other services in the building will remain as they currently are. Any activities due to happen during the closure have been cancelled, rearranged or moved. You can find all the details here. All activities and training sessions for Adult Skills and Community Learning will remain the same until the end of the term.

Library @ the Lightbox forms part of The Glass Works, the retail and leisure development transforming the heart of the town. The Lightbox will be a community hub, offering a new sophisticated library, state-of-the-art technology and plenty of space to meet others and learn. It will provide a modern and consistent service, matching the already fantastic offer at libraries across the borough.

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: “We’re excited for this next step in preparing for the Lightbox to open. Residents can make use of any of our brilliant libraries across the borough while Central Library is closed, and that includes borrowing books and accessing computers.

“We want to see everyone come together on the weekend of Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July for the grand opening of Library @ the Lightbox. This is set to be an amazing weekend of celebration for Barnsley, with the Mayor’s Parade and Pride happening that weekend also.”

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.

This theme doesn’t just link to the town centre regeneration; it covers all the things we do to provide vibrant towns across the borough. As well as building new infrastructure, leisure and cultural facilities, it also includes the maintenance of what we already have.

To help us achieve this, we need people to #OwnIt by:

  • Visit your local town centres regularly
  • Spend your money locally and support Barnsley Markets
  • Tell us how we can improve your town centre
  • Report nuisances and anti-social behaviour and highway faults
  • Report empty homes

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