Library closed for new chapter
GRIMSBY Central Library will be closed for a month to allow work to begin on a £750,000 refurbishment.
As reported in January, the library is to undergo an upgrade of key systems, such as heating and lighting, as part of North East Lincolnshire Council's £9 million overhaul of leisure services
The initial work will include electrical and building checks, meaning that for health and safety reasons, the building will be closed to the public from Wednesday, September 5, to Thursday, October 4.
Councillor Mick Burnett, portfolio holder for tourism and culture, said: "We apologise to our customers for the disruption that this temporary closure may cause but it is vital that these preliminary works take place without interference and the safety of our visitors and staff is our priority.
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"By closing the building it will also mean that the works will be completed more quickly, meaning disruption will be kept to a minimum.
"The long-term maintenance works will enable the library to continue to provide high quality library and local history facilities in the town and we would like to thank our customers for their co-operation and understanding."
The library's tourist information centre and Caxton Theatre box office will also be closed during this period, as will the café, which will not be reopening on October 4.
The café, which has been managed by the authority since September 2010, will cease trading on Saturday, September 1.
Mr Burnett added: "In these difficult financial times, the local authority is unable to continue to run a café in the library.
"I understand that some customers may be disappointed with this news, however, difficult decisions have to be made and unfortunately other service areas must take priority at this time."
As of this week, all books and talking books borrowed from Grimsby Central Library will have an extended loan period until Monday, October 8.
From Tuesday, August 28, DVDs and CDs borrowed from Grimsby Central Library will have an extended loan period, also until Monday, October 8.
An enhanced reference and local history service will be available from Cleethorpes Library for the duration of closure and a comprehensive range of online resources are available from http://library.nelincs.gov.uk
Customers can access tourist information facilities at Cleethorpes Library and the Fishing Heritage Centre.
The Caxton box office services will be temporarily moved to Cleethorpes Library from Tuesday, September 4.
No service will be available on Monday, September 3, and as card payment facilities will be unavailable during the closure period, box office staff will only be able to accept cash payments.
During the closure period Grimsby Central Library customers will be welcome at other libraries across North East Lincolnshire, which will be open as normal.