Construction work is progressing well on the Library @ the Lightbox with the ground floor now in place. Over the next few weeks, the contractors will be concentrating on removing the supports and shuttering to the ceiling, followed by a start on constructing the block work of the internal walls. Once these works are complete, the next stage will be Mechanical and Electrical installation.
The Connecting Place on the Ground Floor will be an open space with comfortable furniture for our customers to relax, work or meet with friends. Although there will be furniture and equipment across the floor for day to day use; this can be moved which will allow the space to be configured for larger events like exhibitions, workshops, activities for children and much more.
There is a presentation area, with seating for around 45 people and a large interactive digital screen; this will allow our customers to attend information briefs on Council Services, how to complete applications online as well as information on activities and events in Library @ the Lightbox and across the Borough.
There will be some quick pick book stands with self-service kiosks, printing and scanning facilities, digital devices to use, as well as space to agile work, study, use the free WiFi or sit and chat.For children with Autism who may need a quiet space, there will be a sanctuary room designed to soothe and relax.
People will have access to council services online, but for those who need a little support, our customer service appointments will be available. There will be ‘Changing Places’ toilet facilities designed to support disabled people who need assistance.
Councillor Jenny Platts, Spokesperson for Communities, said: “It’s exciting to see the new library taking shape. This striking building will be the cornerstone of the town centre, inspiring creativity and imagination of our local communities, businesses and visitors to Barnsley.
“The Ground Floor - Connecting Place is expected to be a central hub for activity, offering a flexible space where we will welcome our customers and assist them on their journey around our amazing community building.”
The Library@theLightbox is part of the Glass Works scheme which is scheduled for completion in spring 2020 and will provide 26 shops, a 13-screen Cineworld, Superbowl UK and seven restaurants. Along with the refurbished markets, new public realm and up to 500 car parking spaces set within a 3.8-hectare site located in the very heart of our Barnsley Town Centre.