Penn Library will be temporarily unavailable to customers from next month to enable improvement work to take place.

The £60,000 plus investment will see the library redecorated and its back office space reconfigured to create a new community lounge and meeting room. The layout of the library will also be reviewed to make better use of the space.

Due to the extensive nature of the work, it will be necessary to temporarily close the library from 4pm on Saturday 6 January until 9am on Tuesday 6 March 2018. The car park will also be closed during this time.

Customers are reminded that, during the closure, they can continue to use any other library in the City - the nearest are Warstones Library on Pinfold Grove, Blakenhall Library at the Bob Jones Community Hub on Bromley Street and the main Central Library on Snow Hill - and can renew any items they have borrowed by visiting Type=articles;Articleid=1703;Title=Wolverhampton Libraries; or calling the 24 hour renewals line, 01902 552500.

Customers are also invited to sign up to the new BorrowBox service and choose from a selection of hundreds of eBooks and eAudiobooks to download to their mobile device for free - for more information, please visit Type=articles;Articleid=1703;Title=Wolverhampton Libraries;.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "While in other parts of the country libraries are closing, here in the City of Wolverhampton we are continuing to invest in these important community assets.

"We are always seeking ways to improve our libraries and make them modern, vibrant and sustainable, and are carrying out this work at Penn Library as part of our 10 year transformation strategy for Wolverhampton's libraries.

"The work will make Penn Library more community orientated and increase the number of people who are able to make use of this vital facility. We will also be taking the opportunity to replace old shelving and review the layout of the library so that we can maximise the use of space.

"I would like to thank customers for bearing with us while this essential work is completed."

For more information about Wolverhampton's libraries, please visit Type=articles;Articleid=1703;Title=Wolverhampton Libraries;.

  • released: Thursday 28 December, 2017