Two libraries will close temporarily over the coming days as they prepare to move into new community hubs.

The current Ashmore Park Library will close to customers on Friday (22 August, 2014) to enable it to be relocated to its new home at The Hub at Ashmore Park.

It will reopen at 11am on Saturday 13 September, 2014, the day that the hub - which is already open to the public - will also be officially unveiled.

Meanwhile, Low Hill Library has now closed as it prepares to relocate to Low Hill Community Hub, which is currently under construction. The library will reopen in its new home later next month.

While the libraries are closed, customers are invited to use their nearest alternative library, or renew any items on loan via the 24-hour hotline on 01902 552500 or via Type=articles;Articleid=1703;Title=Wolverhampton Libraries;.

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, said: "As we put the finishing touches to these two new community hubs, we will have to temporarily suspend the library services at Ashmore Park and Low Hill so that we can move thousands of items of stock to their new homes.

"There will of course be a small amount of inconvenience to customers while this takes place, but hopefully they will agree that their new-look libraries are worth the wait."

The two hubs are among a number of developments across the city bringing community and library services together under one roof.

The creation of The Hub at Ashmore Park has seen a glass and steel extension built to house the library and link together two existing community buildings on Griffiths Drive. The extension will host the new library, while the community centre has relocated from down the road and is already operating from the hub.

The Hub at Ashmore Park also features a new community gym including showers and changing facilities, 6 multi-purpose meeting rooms, lounge, kitchen and IT facilities as well as additional parking, and will be officially opened at noon on 13 September with a showcase of the wide range of activities on offer at The Hub.

Meanwhile, work is progressing well on the new Low Hill Community Hub, which is seeing the Grade II-listed building on Kempthorne Avenue which previously housed Low Hill Library refurbished to bring together a number of services, including the library, community centre and children's centre.

While the work has been taking place, the library has been operating out of a temporary home in the community centre, however the service will now be suspended so that it can be transferred back into the refurbished hub building.

  • released: Thursday 21 August, 2014