Library faces closure for weeks in relocation

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Barnsley’s main library could be closed for almost two months when it moves to a new home.

Following extensive consultation with library staff and users, recommendations are being put forward to councillors to approve a temporary move of Barnsley’s central library in Shambles Street.

Wellington House, on nearby Wellington Street, would provide a temporary location, with a view to then developing a new, purpose-built library as part of a £57million town centre investment scheme.

The proposal is that the current central library would close on Friday, March 21, and reopen at Wellington House on Thursday, May 15.

The plan has been developed following a lengthy consultation with residents.

A Barnsley Council spokesman said: “Three petitions have been received. One of these asked the council not to close any libraries, not to reduce opening hours, and to maintain the current central library location.

“The council’s response to this petition is to keep all libraries across the borough open, and maintain 96 per cent of opening hours.”

The final decision will be made at a full council meeting at Barnsley Town Hall on Thursday, February 6.