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Kingsbridge Library to undergo exciting redevelopment to create a welcoming community room

Posted on 05 Aug 2020

Kingsbridge Library will undergo an exciting redevelopment project thanks to a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery.

Additional funding has been received from The Friends of Kingsbridge Library, Co-op Local Community Fund, Councillor Julian Brazil, Councillor Rufus Gilbert, Quay Study Group and individual donations.

A redundant staff workroom will be converted into a meeting room for hire by community groups and others, complete with audio-visual equipment to enable presentations and talks. Having a separate room will give added flexibility to the library space and will be used for library activities such as the Coding Club, the monthly free Legal Clinic or as a quiet study space.

Through consultation with the community, it was clear that Kingsbridge needs a community room. This new space at Kingsbridge Library will bring people together and build strong relationships in Kingsbridge and the surrounding area.

The library building, run by Devon-based charity Libraries Unlimited, is currently closed to the public due to Covid-19, but is offering a Choose and Collect service.  Customers can phone or email the library with their book choices, and be given a time slot to come and collect them from the library foyer. This service will continue whilst the building work takes place.

Amanda Bloomer, Chair of Friends of Kingsbridge Library stated ‘The Friends are absolutely delighted to be part of such an exciting, forward looking project, which will see the library become an even more vital part of the community’.

Amanda continued ‘Thanks to fundraising events, donations and, of course, our 50:50 Lottery Prize Draw, the Friends have been able to contribute significantly towards the fitting out costs, particularly items of furniture and the audio-visual equipment.’

Steve Turner, Head of Commercial & Innovation of Libraries Unlimited said: “It’s fantastic news that a redundant space within Kingsbridge Library is being given a new purpose.  Lockdown has demonstrated how much our libraries are valued and needed by local communities.  They create a hub in the community so it is extremely positive that the staff workroom is being converted into a community space.  This project is an excellent example of libraries working with funders and their local community to raise the money to enable projects to happen in their local community.”

Kingsbridge Library staff are working on their reopening plans and news will be released as soon as the reopening date is available.  This new community space will be available for hire from September and you can make your bookings now by emailing Kingsbridge.Library@librariesunlimited.org.uk.

Libraries Unlimited is a charity responsible for running 50 libraries and the mobile library service in Devon on behalf of Devon County Council and the four libraries in Torbay on behalf of Torbay Council.

For more information visit devonlibraries.org.uk, follow @DevonLibraries on Twitter and Facebook.com/Devonlibraries or visit your local library.

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