26 October 2015

The doors of an old and dated library building will shut for the last time next month before the building is demolished to make way for a brand new library and medical centre.

Users of the Woodseats branch are being asked to use alternative arrangements which are being put in place during the construction period. This is expected to last for a year, with the state-of-the-art community facility open around next Christmas.

Sheffield City Council apologises for the disruption to the service but say the brand new building and facilities will be first-class.

Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “It’s really exciting that these plans are going to happen and will mean a brand new library for Woodseats. We couldn’t carry on where we are but now we’ll soon get fantastic new facilities that can be enjoyed for years to come.

“This does mean disruption for our library users and we are sorry for this. We’ve done our best to make alternative arrangements and hope people use those until the whole community can join us in welcoming the great new library and medical centre.”

From January there will be a weekly book collection and drop off point at Woodseats Medical Practice on Cobnar Road every week – with opportunities to order new titles.

Opening hours will also be extended at the two closest council run branches – Ecclesall Library on Ecclesall Road and Highfield Library on London Road. Library users can also use the Greenhill branch on Hemper Lane which is run by volunteers and has recently extended its opening hours.

People who are unable to travel to another branch will be able to use the Home Library Service which delivers books to people’s door. The council’s Little Library van for children will also make trips to the area and visit local schools and nurseries.

The council also hopes people will use its eLibrary which has hundreds of books and magazines to read on smartphones, tablets and computers.

The new library, medical centre and pharmacy is being developed by Woodseats Medical Practice, who the council provided the land to in return for a new library.

Dr Jonathan Roddick, GP Partner at the Woodseats Medical Centre, said: “Our contractors will be making all necessary preparations during December with the aim of demolishing the library after Christmas once the premises have been fully cleared.

“We are very excited to be bringing both council and NHS services under one roof and feel that the new centre will provide enhanced services, efficiency and accessibility to the people of Woodseats.”

For more information about libraries in Sheffield visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries. Follow @SheffLibraries on Twitter or SheffLibraries on Facebook to stay up to date with news about the new Woodseats Library.