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Work to begin on major £700,000 refurbishment of Sutton Central Library

Sutton Central Library will close for three months in November as work begins on a major £700,000 refurbishment designed to bring it into the 21st century.  

The library will shut on 13 November as work gets underway to create a modern, safe environment for library users, with a refreshed stock and upgraded computer facilities.

Among the highlights will be a new children’s library on the ground floor with the latest interactive technology.

The revamped ground floor will also feature an improved cafe, toilets, baby change facilities and buggy park. Features will be incorporated into the design to help children and adults with learning difficulties.

New self-service machines for taking out and returning books will be installed along with upgraded computers.

On the top floor will be a new gallery space for exhibitions. A  family history centre will provide easy access to many historic documents from Sutton’s extensive archives, along with dedicated access to the genealogy website, Ancestry.com

Cllr Steve Penneck, lead councillor for Libraries, Heritage and Arts said: “This is a significant investment by the Council in the Libraries, Heritage and Arts service. The Central library is the flagship site for the service and badly in need of modernisation.

“The re-design will enable staff to deliver the services that customers expect from a 21st Century library,  making better use of the space available, improving accessibility for all customers and drawing in younger people by making use of new technology.”

During the closure Wallington and Cheam libraries will extend their opening hours and open on Mondays. There will also be a book drop facility in the Civic Centre reception.

Items borrowed before the closure will be on extended loan until March, but may be returned to any library.

Drop in sessions for the public to find out more about the refurbishment and ask questions are being held at the library on Saturday 28 October from 11am to 12.30pm and Tuesday 31 October from 6pm to 7.30pm in the Europa Gallery on the ground floor.

For more information visit www.sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritagenews

Below are some initial artist’s impressions showing how the revamped library could look when work is completed next year.