January 17, 2012
Warwick Library will be closed to the public for two weeks from Monday 13 February 2012, as it moves to its new location at Warwickshire County Council’s Headquarters, Shire Hall. The new look library will re-open in its new home at 8am on Monday 27 February 2012.
During the closure customers will be able to renew their books online: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/renew, over the telephone on the automated 24/7 renewal line: 01926 499273, or at any other Warwickshire Library. Return dates will be adjusted in the run up to the closure to ensure items are not due back during the two-week closure. Customers can continue to return books during the closure using the letterbox on the outside of the Barrack Street library. Leamington Library will be open as normal throughout the closure.
For customers who wish to use the Music & Drama collection, there will be no public access to the collection from Monday 13 February until the collection moves to new premises in the late Spring. However, from Monday 27 February, customers will be able to request items from the collection online: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/librarycatalogue, over the telephone, or at any Warwickshire library, and have items delivered to their local library for collection. Customers who wish to request performance sets can continue to do so by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: 01926 412168.
Kushal Birla, Warwickshire County Council’s Head of Customer Service said: “We are excited about our new look, modern library and hope our customers are looking forward to seeing it too. Unfortunately we will need to close for a fortnight to enable us to move all our books, restock the shelves and make sure we are all set to greet our first customers from 8am on Monday 27 February.
“We are taking all necessary steps to ensure minimum disruption to our customers, and there are a number of ways they can get in touch to renew their books, or make any specialist enquiries.”
The library move is part of a refurbishment programme at Warwickshire County Council’s Shire Hall headquarters, which will see a number of changes to the building to maximise the space available for customer facing services. In addition to the new library, the refurbishment will also mean the availability of a wider range of registration services.
These services are conveniently co-located alongside other public services already provided by Warwickshire Police, Warwickshire County and Warwick District under the Warwickshire Direct brand, and the Post Office.
The opening hours of the new library will mirror those of the other service available from Shire Hall.
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 5.30pm
Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 4pm
Cllr Colin Hayfield, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio-holder for Customers, Access and Physical Assets, said: “The relocation of Warwick Library presents the opportunity to develop a modern library, serving the needs of existing and new library customers. Shire Hall will become a real community hub, enabling customers to head to one place for the information and services they need. ”