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Biggleswade Library set for a major refurbishment

Thursday, 8 December 2022

Biggleswade Library is about to be transformed into a modern, attractive facility and community hub for residents.

On Saturday 24 December from 1pm, Biggleswade Library will close temporarily to enable the improvement works to start. The library will re-open in summer 2023 and special arrangements will be in place during this period, so local people can continue to access and enjoy the library service.

The works will enhance the current library layout, making better use of the existing space and enabling additional services to be offered within the building. The improvements include:

  • bigger children’s library
  • improved information technology (IT) zone
  • increased study space
  • new books, a microfiche reading machine and self-service machines
  • improved Wi-Fi
  • a children’s centre
  • registration service

We’ll make crucial improvements to the building including new ventilation, flooring, furniture, and shelving. The building will also be upgraded to function more efficiently and sustainably.

We’re preparing customers for the closure by asking them to check that the library has their current email, so they can be provided with the latest updates. Customers are also reminded that they can download the Libby and BorrowBox apps to a smartphone or tablet, to access eBooks and audiobooks.

While the library is closed customers will be able to borrow books and use the full range of library services at any Central Bedfordshire library. The closest local libraries can be found in Sandy and Potton.

From Monday 9 January, customers will also be able to reserve books over the phone, which will be available to pick up from an un-staffed drop-off and pick-up point at the Saxon Centre in Biggleswade, during the leisure centres’ opening hours.

Customers who struggle to visit an alternative library or the Saxon Centre for these temporary arrangements, and meet eligibility requirements, can use the home library service until the library re-opens.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, our Executive Member for Community Services, said:

This new and improved library will have a key role to play as a community hub, by providing a focal point that offers vital services for our residents. The enhancements to the library and the inclusion of registration services and a children’s centre will make the best use of resources and provide them in one convenient central location.

We are investing significantly in upgrading the building and providing a modern library with first-class community services for residents.