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Highfields library to close for refurbishment

Published on Thursday, October 17, 2019

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A CITY library will close temporarily whilst a major programme of refurbishment is carried out.

More than £190,000 of improvements will be made at Highfields Library, in Melbourne Road, which is being refurbished as part of the city council’s Transforming Neighbourhood Services programme.

Improvements will include full redecoration of the library, installation of accessible public toilets and upgraded computer provision. There will also be new lighting and flooring, plus a re-arranging of the existing space to provide an improved area for activities and events.

The library will close on Monday 28 October so that work can be carried out, and is due to reopen on Monday 13 January.

During the closure period, the nearby African Caribbean Centre will have a collection of children’s books for loan. It will also host weekly Toddler Time sessions for under-fives and their families, and it will have public-access computers available for anyone to use.

A full library service is also available from the neighbouring St Matthews Library, in St Matthews Centre, Malabar Road.

Cllr Kirk Master, assistant city mayor responsible for neighbourhood services, said: “Part of our Transforming Neighbourhood Services programme is to invest in key community buildings so that they provide versatile, flexible space for a variety of public uses. Highfields Library is a very popular and well-used venue, so I’m really pleased it’s going to be completely redecorated and updated, with improved facilities for local people.

“We’ve put alternative arrangements in place while the refurbishment is carried out, and we hope people will bear with us while we carry out the work. I look forward to seeing the new-look library open its doors in the new year.”

It’s free to join the library, and all members can use any of the city’s 16 branches. You can also reserve, renew and review books online – see for more details.