A new library for Saxmundham

People in the Saxmundham area can soon look forward to a new and larger library.

The library will soon be moving into temporary accommodation whilst the current building is completely remodelled, providing a more modern and much bigger library space for local people.

The current site on Street Farm Road is being redeveloped by Suffolk County Council. Once remodelled, the new library will be twice as big as the current one, giving Suffolk Libraries much more room for events and activities.

Saxmundham Library will be moving into a portacabin for several months to enable people to still be able to access the library service during the work.

The library will be closed for one day before reopening on the Wednesday in its temporary home further down Street Farm Road (opposite the Vets).

“The library’s move to temporary accommodation has been delayed a few days and won’t take place next Monday-Tuesday now. We’ve updated the news story on our website and will add the dates when we have them.

www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/news/new-library-for-saxmundham/ “

The new library is due to open in the Autumn.

Saxmundham will be one of two new libraries opening in Suffolk in 2020 with Needham Market also likely to move later in the year as part of the development of the current site. Mildenhall Library will also be moving to the new Mildenhall hub early in 2021 and a new library is due to open in Southwold next year too. A new Eye Library also opened in early 2019.

Bruce Leeke, Chief Executive of Suffolk Libraries said:

“It’s really exciting to be getting ready for another brand-new library building in Suffolk, with two more to follow later this year. This is in contrast to other parts of the country which are sadly losing libraries. We’re very grateful to Suffolk County Council for their ongoing commitment to the library service in providing this new facility. I know there’ll be a bit of disruption for local people initially but I’m sure they and our staff will see the benefits in a few months’ time. The new library will be able to offer much more to local people, with services and activities which we know make such a positive difference to local communities.”

Space in the portacabin will be limited so events and activities that take place in the library will be held at Sax’cess House (the former Barclays building). The amount of library stock on display will naturally be more limited but customers will still be able to request items either in the library or online, which they can then collect from the library as usual. Opening hours will remain the same.

During the one-day closure people can also use any other library with the nearest being Leiston, Aldeburgh or Framlingham. As the stock available at Saxmundham will be limited during the work, customers are also welcome to visit these libraries at any time if they wish.

Suffolk Libraries apologies for any inconvenience to customers but has worked with the county council to minimise the impact as much as possible and the end result will be a much-improved library facility for the local area.

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