Following the success of the joint Library and One Stop Shop in Keynsham, we will be taking the same approach in Bath.  The plans put forward will create a modern service offering access to more computers, improved Wi-Fi facilities and more family space. With continued access to the 3 million books available through Libraries West.

What is planned for Bath Central Library?

  • The library would move to 3-4 Manvers Street (Lewis House) to create a joint Library and One Stop Shop.
  • More computers and improved Wi-Fi access will be available to make the most of new technology and support digital access.
  • More children and family space will be created in the new location

All 3 million books will continue be available to access through Libraries West and local history books will be added to the archive collection and be available to everyone in a modernised facility in The Guildhall.

To ensure a continuous library service, a temporary library will be created in The Podium while work is carried out on the new location.

Proposed timetable

  • Jan 2017 - Work starts with the community around designs
  • Spring 2017 - Temporary library adapted in the Podium to retain services in the same location during refurbishment works
  • Spring 2018 - Opening of the new co-located Library and One Stop Shop in Manvers Street

Next steps and your feedback in January 2017

  • Work on the new design layouts are underway and a first draft of the plans will be ready in the New Year
  • We will share this with you in January 2017 for your comment and feedback
  • Your suggestions will help shape the final layout and services available

Here's an example image of what an area in the new library could look like...

An example of how an area in the new Bath Central Library could look

For more background information about our approach to modernising libraries, go to the main modern library service webpage

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