Temporary Minehead Library to close after October half term

Following the start of works to refurbish Minehead Library in March of this year, Somerset County Council temporarily relocated the library and registration services to the Old Hospital building in the town centre.

We are very grateful to the Minehead Connect CIC for all their efforts in supporting the library service in Minehead over the summer months. However, the temporary accommodation is not suitable for continued operation as we head into the winter period, and the Council has taken the decision to close the library and registration services at this location at 1pm on 30 October 2021.

The Council is now working on plans to re-open the library and registration services at an alternative temporary location early in the new year. Details will be shared as soon as possible.

Cllr Mandy Chilcott, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “This decision has not been taken lightly. Unfortunately closing the library at the Old Hospital building is necessary as we head into the winter months. We would like to thank our service users for their understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

The Council will continue to operate the temporary library and registration service from the Old Hospital site until the end of the October half term. Library loans will be renewed until the library re-opens (and no charges will be applied).

If you do need to return or renew items while the library is closed, you can return your loans to another Somerset library or partner library services in North Somerset, Bath & North-East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole. You can also renew items online at www.librarieswest.org.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2224.

All pre-booked appointments for Registration services will be contacted to agree alternative arrangements. If there are any immediate queries, please call 0300 123 2224. Information may also be found at Registration contacts (somerset.gov.uk).

The permanent Minehead Library building in Bancks Street is currently undergoing an extensive redevelopment which will see the ageing building transformed into a modern flexible space for 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 ongoing commitment to the Climate Emergency Strategy.

For regular updates about Library Services please visit: www.somersetlibraries.co.uk

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