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Seaton Library get a face lift

Posted on 04 Mar 2022

front of Seaton LibraryBrand new look and a new business centre for Seaton Library

Seaton Library is closing for three weeks to undergo a full makeover.

Popular Seaton Library, which is run by charity Libraries Unlimited, loans out 35,000 books a year.

As part of the makeover, a new Business and IP Centre (BIPC) is being installed to help give a boost to local businesses.

The building will be closing on Thursday 24th March for work can be carried out including new flooring and paintwork throughout.

Seaton Library is situated in Queen Street and offers 11 free computers and WiFi, printing and photocopying, special sections for children and teenagers, and a multitude of regular groups and classes including crafts and special teen activities.

The new Seaton Business & IP Centre (BIPC) joins others in libraries in Barnstaple, Exeter and Paignton, offering free advice and resources to business owners and entrepreneurs. Supported by the British Library, the 100 existing BIPCs nationally have helped establish over 12,000 new businesses, and led to the creation of over 7,800 new jobs and an extra £78million GVA to the UK economy. The Seaton Library BIPC will be equipped with a core set of resources, such as up-to-date market research and business databases plus a bookable Pod for small meetings and consultations will be installed once the library reopens. A programme of events will be rolled out including workshops and one-to-ones, delivered in collaboration with local business leaders, role model entrepreneurs and community partners.

Libraries Unlimited Chief Executive Alex Kittow said: “Seaton Library is at the heart of its community. The library is part of our network of 54 library buildings across Devon and Torbay and have welcomed tens of thousands of people through their doors over the years. But their interior is looking a little dated and it’s time now to give them a new look. The refurbishment is part of an extensive programme of upgrading works that we’re carrying out across library buildings this spring.
“We’re particularly excited that Seaton will now be the home of our fourth BIPC, bringing a wealth of free business information and support to the East Devon area”.

Seaton Library Supervisor Richard O’Mahoney said: “We’ve been so pleased at how people have returned to our building after we had to close during the pandemic. But it’s time for a face-lift and we’re really excited to see what the inside of the library looks like once we return. We have some exciting plans for our junior area with the inclusion of a Lego wall and sensory sequin panels that will really add a different dimension to the area.

“Having the addition of the fourth BIPC in Devon is the icing on the cake. We’re really looking forward to welcoming business owners and entrepreneurs through our doors, and very much hope we can play our part in contributing to the local economy and community which have supported us so well over the years.”

Library customers will be welcomed back to the library on Wednesday 13th April. Richard and the Seaton Library team have an exciting ‘Welcome Back’ week planned to include TEDx screenings, Lego challenges, Robot sessions, Wii tournaments and much more. The date for the ‘Welcome Back’ week is still to be confirmed.  Contact Seaton Library for further details.

Book loans will be extended to cover the closure period and customers are encouraged to use online services to reserve, renew and browse at devonlibraries.org.uk or to visit their nearest libraries at Axminster, Colyton, Honiton and Sidmouth. Check our website for library opening times devonlibraries.org.uk.

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