New Totnes Library
The new library opened its doors on Monday 10th June and was officially opened by the Chairman of Devon County Council, Bernard Hughes OBE on Tuesday 16th July. Since then we have been thrilled by the positive reaction from the community, with lots of comments about the increased space, the bright atmosphere and the fabulous views.
The works to improve the courtyard area in front of the library have now begun and it is anticipated they will take approximately 6 weeks to complete. See the plans here. In order to ensure minimal disruption and to retain access to all the services offered on The Mansion site, the work will be carried out in two phases, with the courtyard divided into two halves. Work to the library/nursery end of the courtyard will be Phase 1 and it is hoped this phase will be completed by the end of November. While this work is being carried out there will still be access to the library and nursery and also to the ramp at the side of the Mansion below the hall. Once Phase 1 is completed, works will move to the Mansion/café end of the courtyard for Phase 2. Again, the works will be contained within cordoned areas to maintain access. The timber benches will not go in until the end of the project, along with the planting.
If you have any comments or questions please get in touch by contacting us at email@example.com
Your new Totnes Library – Let’s celebrate!
We are pleased to reveal a programme of celebratory events (350KB - pdf help) that will take place in the library and The Mansion from Monday 24 June. There is something to appeal to all ages including family events, adult education taster sessions, a theatrical performance by Totnes Youth Theatre and the chance to meet some celebrated authors. For further information and to book your place, please contact the library on 01803 862210.
To book a place on any of the Devon Adult & Community Learning taster sessions please call into The Mansion in person or phone MyDevon on 0845 155 1014
Monday 3rd – Friday 7th June inclusive – the old library will close to enable removals and set-up in the new building. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Saturday 8th June 10.00am - 12.00pm – Preview morning. You will not be able to borrow any books yet, but please do drop in to have your first glimpse of the new library. On Monday 10th June – 9.00am we open for business again. Our new opening hours will be:
Mon 9.00 – 6.00
Monday 24th June will see the start of a programme of celebratory events. More details to follow soon.
Construction work on-site is now well underway and the new library space is taking shape. The works are scheduled to be completed mid-May and we are aiming to open the new library by early June 2013.
Interior design: HMY Radford have been appointed to design the interior of the new library and we can share some visual representations of how the finished library might look here. Features include:
Courtyard landscaping: The final design for the landscaping of the courtyard area has now been agreed and will be submitted for planning permission shortly. See the design here. Main features to highlight include:
The works to implement the changes to the courtyard will take place during Autumn 2013 and are likely to take 4-6 weeks. The work will be carried out in 2 phases to cause minimum disruption and maintain easy access to the new library.
Opening celebrations: We would like to celebrate the opening of the new library with a small programme of events during June. If you have any ideas or would like to be involved in any way, please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
More visuals can be found in the Photo gallery
Further consultation workshops have now taken place to gather ideas for the landscaping of the courtyard area at The Mansion. By improving this area we hope to create a clear route towards the library but also present an inviting space that will encourage people to linger, relax and explore the rest of The Mansion site.
The proposed plan includes a circular area of seating that will be ideal for use by small groups and activities such as library story sessions; tables that may be used for picnics or by customers of the People's café; planting beds to add colour, and a plinth for displaying local artwork.
Further consultation will take place very soon to determine how we might involve the community in the planting for the site and to gather ideas for the best way to make use of the artwork plinth. If you have any comments or ideas please contact us at email@example.com.
You said you would like…
Your new library will..
November 2012 – Construction work at The mansion is scheduled to start
March 2013 – Construction work is planned to finish
Spring 2013 – the new library will open!
In the meantime…
Information boards are now in place in the current library and The Mansion. These will be regularly updated as new information becomes available. Please continue to send us your comments and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
The first phase of community engagement and consultation has now concluded. The project team has looked at the information gathered from the 400+ questionnaires and the focus group sessions.
In summary, people would like to see a new library with:
Further details of the findings will be posted soon.
The next phase of community engagement will see public information boards in place in the current library and in The Mansion. These will display plans as they become available and enable Devon Libraries to publicise any further consultation events. The email mailbox at email@example.com will remain available for the duration of the project for any questions or comments.
Community engagement starts this month with a wide range of activities planned.
Public consultation starts on Monday 12 December
06/12/2011 - Council asks residents for their ideas on new library for Totnes
Project home page