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Major refurbishment planned for library

Posted on Thursday 18th August 2022
Tamworth library exterior pic 2

The refurbished Corporation Street building will reopen to the public in 2023.

Tamworth Library is moving to a temporary home to allow a major refurbishment of the current building.

Opening hours will be unchanged as books and services will be housed at 56a Albert Road, a former youth and community building, a few minutes’ walk away.

The move will happen in October and the original Corporation Street library will reopen in spring 2023.

Victoria Wilson, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities and Culture, said:

Tamworth is a popular, busy library and we felt the idea of trying to carry out building and refurbishment work while it was in use was just too disruptive.

The temporary building on Albert Road will have a good space, it will be fully staffed and provide a good service for users.

And when we return to Corporation Street, the refurbished library will still offer a full range of books, computer access and activities.”

Once the Corporation Street building reopens the county council’s adult and children’s services will also occupy part of the upper floors after moving from nearby Marmion House, which is earmarked for redevelopment.

Victoria Wilson added:

With Tamworth Borough Council redeveloping Marmion House, this is an opportunity to bring several county council services together under one roof to make life easier for users and reaffirms our commitment to providing a library in the heart of the town centre.”

In recent years Staffordshire County Council has moved libraries in Stafford, Newcastle and Lichfield to new, permanent premises, but this will be the first temporary relocation on such a large scale.

As well as books and audiobooks, the temporary accommodation will offer computers, photocopying and printing, and a meeting room.

And when it reopens, the Corporation Street base will still offer a flexible community space with a full range of stock and IT.

The register office will also make the temporary move to Albert Road before returning to Corporation Street.

Before the move there will be coffee mornings at the Corporation Street library so users can ask any questions they may have.

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