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Stroud Library is on the move


Stroud Library will be opening its doors to the public in its new location in the Five Valleys Shopping Centre on Tuesday 2 April.

It is moving from its old location in Lansdown to a more central and accessible site, designed to meet the needs of people who use it.

The library will be based on the lower ground floor of the shopping centre in King Street, next to the Five Valleys Medical Practice, with a ground level shop front entrance.

It will be in a completely refurbished area where you can browse a vast range of adult and children’s books. A new Lab area will provide the opportunity to experience 3D design/print, Virtual Reality, access to the full adobe creative suites, and much more. Other services include a new bookable meeting room, free computer access for members and printing.

As well as being more accessible, the new location also has more environmental benefits as electric vehicle charging points are available within the shopping centre and the building is heated and cooled by an air source heat pump.

The library will open on Tuesday 2 April at 10am and goodie bags will be gifted to the first 100 customers. These include books for children, library and lab merchandise and the opportunity to win gift vouchers.

There will be events happening throughout the day, including get to know the Lab workshops.

The Library is free to join and people are encouraged to sign up to the library before the opening day if they aren’t already a member. To join, please visit https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/JOIN and you will receive a physical membership card when you visit.

A pop-up library is currently available in the Five Valleys Shopping Centre in Stroud, as the former library closed as a precaution following the discovery of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC). It will be open until Friday 22 March. More information is available at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/stroud-library-closure/

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries, said: “I’m delighted that Stroud Library will be opening soon in its new location. The new site is more accessible, in the heart of the town centre, and offers the public a wide range of services as well as a comprehensive range of books. I would encourage residents to sign up to become a member, and pop in and get to know their new library space on the opening day.”

Andrew Malley, Director at Dransfield Properties, said: “We are delighted that the library will be opening next month and hope visitors enjoy the new facilities whilst taking advantage of the extensive shopping and eating out offer here at Five Valleys.”

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