Plans are under way to refurbish Minehead Library, which will see the ageing building transformed into a modern flexible space for all the community.
As part of the modernisation, a series of energy saving measures will be implemented to optimise the energy consumption of the building, supporting the Council’s on-going commitment to the Climate Emergency Strategy.
Somerset County Council are funding the £800,000 redevelopment, which will see the building extended and the space reconfigured so it can be better used by the community.
It is anticipated that the works at the site will start during May and are expected to be complete by December this year.
During the extensive works the library and registrar’s service will relocate to the Old Hospital, allowing residents continued access to their services throughout 2021.
The services will keep their customers updated as dates are confirmed but as well as the usual services, the temporary library will continue to offer the iPad loaning scheme for jobseekers and online services will always be available, including free e-Books, e-Audiobooks, e-Magazines, Newspapers and Comics and a vibrant programme of activity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For regular updates, visit the Minehead Library Facebook page or see www.somersetlibraries.co.uk
When the library opened in 1962 it won a civil trust award, but after nearly sixty years of service the building is in need of upgrading, to better serve the twenty first century needs of Minehead and the surrounding area.
All works will be designed with the aim of retaining the spirit of the award-winning original building.
The building will allow more options for everyone to use the space and access vital community services, keeping the library at the centre of Minehead life.
Councillor Mandy Chilcott, Somerset County Councillor Cabinet member for resources, said: “This is a fabulous new chapter for Minehead Library. We are investing in a greener building which will give the library a modern home. It will be kinder to the environment whilst better reflecting the needs of our modern society.”
Councillor David Hall, whose Cabinet responsibilities includes libraries, said: “Minehead library is an important social space. This new development will give residents a great community facility.”
“They will be able to expand their services and the ways they can help locals and visitors alike. That is not only good news for the people of Minehead, but it is good news for generations of them to come.”