Retford Library will close its doors at 4.00pm on Saturday 7th December to allow work to start on an extensive refurbishment project, with the library due to re-open in Spring 2020. Working with Nottinghamshire County Council and ARC Partnership, Inspire aims to make the library more visible and accessible to the local community through better signage from Churchgate, easier to navigate shelving (which will also be able to be moved to create larger spaces for performances and cultural activities), as well relocating the local studies collection downstairs into the main body of the library to allow easier access for all to this amazing resource.
The children’s library will also be relocated to the rear of the library, creating a more bright and vibrant area for reading and activities. Leading out from this area, the rear garden will also be improved with a new decked area and garden space.
Peter Gaw, Chief Executive at Inspire, said: “Retford is one of the county library service’s largest libraries and we’re really proud of the community and cultural hub that it has become. The new refurbishment, one of a long list of libraries refurbished by the county council over the last 10 years, will create a high quality and sustainable library building whilst reflecting the building’s heritage. Providing better access to the unique heritage collection and making better use of the outside spaces are key improvements customers will see when we re-open.”
Whilst the library is closed one of Inspire’s mobile library buses will be parking in Retford’s New Street car park on Saturday mornings (from 9.30am to 12.30pm), starting Saturday 14th December until Saturday 18th April (excluding 28th December). Library members will be able to use any Inspire library across the county or make use of Inspire’s extensive digital collection of over 13,000 eAudio books, 150 eMagazine titles and over 10,000 eBooks all available to library members for free. Full details of how to access these can be found at www.inspireculture.org.uk/eresources.