Community libraries look forward to refurbishment plans.

Barnsley Council Future Library Strategy ( 2019 ) described an ambition to ‘create safe community spaces – refreshed to meet local needs and co-designed with our community’. In support of this Barnsley Council’s cabinet members will be considering approval for work to begin on the library refurbishment plan.

Cabinet will be asked to approve the procurement of the work under the Warwickshire Framework Agreement; this offers a choice of three leading suppliers covering all aspects of innovative library design while providing the best value and flexibility.

The project provides an exciting opportunity for Barnsley’s Library Service, following the excellent work at the Lightbox in the town centre. The refurbishment plans will continue the vibrant, digital, flexible, community design across the borough that we have seen at the Lightbox; helping to create spaces in communities that respond to customer needs, while offering a diverse range of activities.

The successful supplier will work with the Library Service to engage with each community to inform the design and determine future requirements.

Wendy Lowder, Executive Director of Communities, said; “It’s an exciting time for our libraries across the borough as we look forward to progressing work in the communities helping build a library offer that fits the communities they serve. Following the successes, at the Lightbox, we can now begin to develop this offer across the borough."

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.

We’re committed to #ImagineIt by working to make Barnsley a place where people love to live and work, and where they can see a brighter future for themselves and their families through their passions. #OwnIt by taking part and inspiring others into a cause that is important to you.

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