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New proposed library location

It is proposed to move Bath library to a new, modern refurbished location opposite the new Bath University innovation and study centre on Manvers Street close to the rail and bus station, and Southgate Shopping Centre.

  • The proposed public space would be the equivalent of the relevant library area in the Podium, but more appropriately laid out to maximise space whilst meeting our customers' needs
  • All existing services would be available in the new proposed modern library
    • There would continue to be quiet and study areas
    • Plenty of books would still be on shelves to browse and we would ensure popular titles are readily available
    • There would be more modern technology, better PCs, high speed WiFi
  • All three million books would still be available online
  • The proposed modern library would continue to host events and flexible meeting spaces as well as small exhibits - accommodated across the 3 floors where appropriate
  • Experienced staff would still be on hand to assist users
  • A more modern library would mean better and more contained facilities for young children
  • Local history reference is transferring to the archives to enable specialist support in one location to those undertaking in-depth research
  • Parking and disabled parking would be available either directly opposite, immediately behind the proposed new modern library or under cover at Southgate
  • The proposed new location is owned by the Council rather than leased like the Podium, ensuring the proposed modern Library had a permanent home and a thriving future
  • This proposed move would contribute to an annual saving of £800,000
  • A new proposed modern library would integrate the library & One Stop Shop in one place

We will be working with local communities over the next few months to develop plans and we will update the web site as local proposals emerge. Please be aware this is a three year review and change programme.


Details about changes to Midsomer Norton Library are also now available.


Proposed Bath library floor layouts

We need your views

We would like your ideas and feedback to help us design a new layout for the new proposed Bath Modern Library that better meets the changing needs of all our customers.

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Following this initial period of consultation (which ends on 17th March) we can confirm we intend for there to be a period of analysis and review with further consultation later this year, prior to any decisions about the future of Bath Central Library.

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