29 November 2016

People are invited to a public meeting next Tuesday to find out more about proposals for Sheffield’s Central Library and Graves Art Gallery.

Last week it was announced that Sheffield City Council is considering leasing the Surrey Street building to create the city’s first five star hotel, as the cost of repairs and upkeep is rapidly becoming unaffordable. The building is also inaccessible to many people and is not likely to be able to offer a world-class central library service.

The meeting will run from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on 6 December in Sheffield’s Town Hall. The meeting is likely to be popular, so pre-booking is essential.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Libraries at Sheffield City Council, said: “I know that the Central Library building means a lot to people in Sheffield. It is a beautiful building in many ways. However, we also know that we face some big challenges, so it is right to look at how we create a service that’s fit for the 21st century and meets the needs of everyone in Sheffield.

“No decisions have been made about the future. This meeting is a chance for people to ask questions and influence our thinking as we start this potentially very exciting journey.

“I want people to tell us what they want from a central library service and to think in a big, bold and confident way about the future of this vital service.”

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Parks, added: “We know that art and culture are very important to the people of Sheffield, so people will also have a chance to ask about the art gallery and library theatre at this event.”

People are asked to book a space at the meeting online at www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries

Spaces are limited to the first 170. The council will hold further events if there is a high demand for spaces.
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