Monday, 15 December 2014

Planned closure of Newington Library

Here are the details I received today:
I am writing to inform you of the planned temporary closure for Newington Library in order to carry out essential building and repair work . The works will allow the heating, lighting, and electrical systems to be updated, asbestos to be safely removed from the building and will also give the library comfort cooling and control over the heating levels. In addition, we are also looking to use this opportunity to make improvements to the presentation and layout of services in the Library, with the aim of reopening with an improved customer experience.  
I am pleased to let you know that the programme for the upgrade work, as detailed above, will commence in January. The Library will close on Tuesday 7 January 2015 with a planned eight week programme of works, with the aim of reopening the building to customers at the end of March. Due to the amount of work involved we will advise our customers that we will reopen before Easter to allow for any unforeseen programme slippage. Whilst the Library is closed, we have arranged for the following alternative service provision:
A mobile library will be available outside Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church on West Mayfield at the following times:
Monday 10:30-6:30, Thursday 10:30-3:30, Saturday 10:30-4:30
The staff team will continue to run all of the regular activities at the following times and locations:
Children’s activities – all at Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church:
Baby Rhymetime Mondays         11am
Rhymetime           Wednesdays   11am & 2pm
Craft Sessions       Fridays               2:30pm
The following adult activities will take place at Morningside Library:
Italian Group fortnightly from Tuesday 6 January 6:45pm
Book Group monthly from Tuesday 6 January 6:45pm
Get Stitched Group weekly from Wednesday 7 January 6:30pm
Book Group monthly from Wednesday 21 January 6:30pm
The library link and housebound services will also be delivered from Morningside Library.
We will be advertising the closure in Newington Library and surrounding libraries in the neighbourhood and city, as well as through our online channels including Facebook and Twitter. We will also be asking for customer comments on any other services we could provide from an alternative location during the closure.

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