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Emergency closure needed at Burton library for safety reasons

Posted on Monday 20th March 2023
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Burton library has been closed temporarily as a precaution due to safety concerns about some of the building’s internal fittings.

The closure will allow for further safety inspections and repairs to be carried out on worn ceiling fittings. Library users and groups will be kept informed of progress and alternative arrangements for the service.

The registrars service and café will continue to operate as normal, with access through the external doors only.

Library users are also being reminded of the county council’s electronic library offer at: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Libraries/Library-services/eLibrary

A new ceiling will be installed later this year as part of planned wider renovation works to the library building.

Darryl Eyers, Staffordshire County Council’s director for economy, infrastructure and skills, said:

We apologise for the sudden closure of the library but a building inspection has found some of the ceiling fixtures in the main part of the library to be worn. Where there is any potential risk to safety, we need to take immediate action.

Unfortunately this means people won’t be able to access the main part of the library building until we have made it safe to do so. The café and registrars will continue to operate and people can still speak to our library team to return books.

We’re working on providing an alternative service as soon as possible and will keep people informed. We will also publicise dates for opening the building again as soon as we can.”

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