New library and children’s centre opens in Worle
The first joint library and children’s centre in North Somerset has opened in Worle.
Alterations have been made to the Milton and Old Worle Children’s Centre in Mendip Avenue, just off Worle High Street, to enable the library to move into the refurbished building from its previous home in The Maltings.
The renamed Worle Library and Children’s Centre opened its doors to library users at 9.30am on Monday 14 August.
The opening hours of the library are 9.30am-5pm Monday, Tuesday and Friday (10am on the first Friday of each month) and 9.30am-1pm on Saturday.
These hours will be extended later this year as new technology called Open+ is installed. This will provide a self-service swipe card system to enable access to the library at times when it might normally be closed.
The children’s centre opens at 9am on Wednesday 16 August and its term time programme of activities will start at the beginning of September.
Having both library and children’s centre services available on the same site is part of North Somerset Council’s Community Access Review, a major review of the buildings and services run by the council in the community with particular focus on its libraries and children’s centres.
Following Worle, other joint library and children’s centres will open this month in Pill on Tuesday 22 August and Yatton on Tuesday 29 August.
“A key focus of the review has always been to continue to provide good quality services in our local communities at a price we can afford,” said Cllr Felicity Baker, the council’s executive member responsible for the library service.
“In Worle we have been able to do this by refurbishing the children’s centre building to create a community hub offering both library and children’s centre services. We will be investing in the building again later this year when we introduce a self-service system enabling us to extend the library’s opening hours in the evenings and at weekends.
“We look forward to welcoming existing and new library users to the new building.”
Key stakeholders were invited to preview visits giving them an opportunity to have a look round the site before it officially opened.
Anyone who may need assistance in familiarising themselves with the layout of the building can contact staff to arrange a visit during a quieter time. They can do this by ringing 01934 426 090 (library) or 01934 426 618 (children’s centre).
More information about the Community Access Review can be found on the council’s website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/car.