A library service will be temporarily suspended before work gets underway on the new Wednesfield Community Hub early next month.

The hub will bring together a range of services under one roof and will be developed at the present library and community centre on Well Lane.

It will feature improved facilities, including information and youth services, a larger community hall, new refreshment area and improvements to the children's library. New self service machines will be introduced to enable people to access the library outside its staffed opening hours, and the main entrance will be relocated to improve access.

Contractors are due to start work on site next week, though before work gets underway it will be necessary to temporarily suspend the library service from Thursday (31 October, 2013) until Wednesday 6 November, 2013, inclusive.

During this time, staff will be busy relocating library shelving to prepare the building for the renovation work, and also electronically tagging thousands of items of stock so that they are compatible with the new self service machines.

While the service is suspended, limited access will be available to people wishing to return or renew items, but no new items will be available to borrow. The library computers will also be unavailable.

The library will reopen as normal next Thursday 7 November, 2013, and it is hoped that it will be possible to keep it open for the remainder of the construction period, with disruption kept to a minimum. However, it may be necessary to close the library occasionally for health and safety reasons or if particularly noisy building work is being carried out. If this is the case, library users will be given as much notice as possible.

In addition, as the majority of the work is taking place to the community centre side of the building, it has been necessary to relocate community groups while the main construction work takes place.

Wednesfield Community Hub should open its doors for the first time in the spring and Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, said: "The hub will give the people of Wednesfield the chance to access a wide range of additional community services from under one roof.

"There will be a lot of work taking place over the next few months to get the building ready, and before we can begin it will be necessary to suspend the library service for a few days. I'd like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and take this opportunity to remind people that they can use any of the other libraries in the city during this time."

People can find out more about the development of the community hub either by attending a drop in session at the library on Monday (28 October, 2013) from 9am to 4pm, or by inspecting the plans which will be on display at the library afterwards.

  • released: Friday 25 October, 2013