Exeter Central Library Development
Future Provision of Library Services in Exeter
Between Monday 30th September and Monday 11th November you can have your say in the future provision of libraries across the city of Exeter.
There is an opportunity to tell us what books and resources you would like to see in the redeveloped Exeter Central Library and to get involved with workshops exploring how we ensure the very best range of books is available in the reopened library. We would like your views on the most convenient opening hours and what events and activities you would like to attend at the library.
You are also invited to give your opinions on future plans for the three other libraries in the city, Pinhoe, St Thomas and Topsham.
If you would like to take part in this survey, the questionnaire is available here Help Shape Plans for Exeter Central Library. Paper copies can be collected from Exeter Central, Pinhoe, St Thomas and Topsham libraries.
View the latest pictures of the development work on Flickr.
The latest design proposals from interior designers HMY Radford are available to view on Flickr
Construction work has started to transform the Central Library into a first class facility for information, learning and culture.
Read the latest newsletter here, which includes details of a series of drop in events to be held on the ground floor of the temporary library this month. This is a chance to view the latest designs and find out more about the next stage of the project. to view the latest designs and find out about the next stage of the project.
We're back! The temporary library, in Castle Street is now open. Thank you for your patience and support, we look forward to seeing you once again in our new home.
We'll soon be on the move! Exeter Central Library will close on Saturday 3rd November for the duration of the redevelopment works. When the library is closed, you will be able to return items to a drop-box outside the main library entrance and renew items online or by calling 0845 155 1001. In addition, St Thomas Library will open on Wednesdays and for longer on Saturdays throughout November. Exeter Central Temporary Library will open in Castle Street, at 9:00 on Monday 3rd December.
In response to your requests to hold a drop-in session on a Saturday, the latest drawings and information about the redevelopment project will be on show in the Children's Library this Saturday (29th September) between 10:00 and 13:00. For more information please visit The News Centre
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The first phase of stakeholder engagement concluded in January. The project team has now analysed all the information from the 500+ questionnaires and the focus group sessions.
In summary, people supported the ideas of:
For more information on the findings please follow this link - Community shares transformation vision for city’s flagship library
Based upon these findings a design brief has been written and given to the projects architect. The architect and design team are currently working up design proposals for the library. These proposals with estimated costs will be ready for the County Councils cabinet to review and consider on 14th March.
Lastly, an additional £400,000 has been identified for the project to contribute towards sustainable energy and access improvements.
A focus group for users of the Reference Library will be held on Tuesday 10th January. This will take place in the IT Training Suite between 11:00 and 12:00. Places are limited so please book your place by leaving your name at the Reference Library help desk, by telephoning 01392 380561 or emailing lesley.salter devon.gov.uk.
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More than £3.7 million is to be spent on a major facelift of Exeter Central Library. The multi-million pound investment will bring the library into the 21st century, and secure its place at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter alongside the revamped city museum, Phoenix Arts Centre and Exeter Castle.
Our vision is to modernise and improve the library so that it meets people's changing needs for learning, information and culture.
The money available will be put to best use by improving accessibility, addressing elements of the 1960s fabric of the building and creating a flexible layout, which can accommodate a range of activities and services.
Suggested improvements to the library include adding an entrance into Rougemont Gardens and landscaping the area to the front of the library creating a new social meeting place to create an improved sense of arrival. The improvements will provide a gateway between the High Street, Cultural Quarter and Rougemont Gardens.
Click on the artists impression above for a more detailed image (pdf).
Increasing the size of the children’s library and the teenage area, installing Wi-Fi throughout the building, a study area, a café and a 24 hour return facility are other suggestions that could turn Exeter Central into a flagship library that offers first-class modern information, learning and computer facilities.
Changes will be made to make the library a more comfortable environment by improving the heating control throughout the building. In addition, photovoltaic solar panels will be installed on the roof as part of the project.
Initial consultation results will feed into the development of a detailed design for the building. It is expected that building work could start early in 2013 with a new building open for use during 2014.
Community engagement starts this month with a wide range of activities planned.
Public consultation starts on Thursday 10 November:
A range of wider stakeholder meetings are also planned including staff workshops, discussions with Exeter City Council and other cultural quarter partners.
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