30 August 2017

A new library opens in Sheffield on Monday, 4 September, with more than 11,000 new books. It is in Woodseats, on Chesterfield Road, and is the city’s first new library in seven years.

The library is part of a new building which includes the Woodseats Medical Practice. It’s on the site of the old library branch which was demolished to make way for the new one.

Woodseats Library will be open for 31 hours a week, with a late night and Saturday opening. Groups for babies, toddlers and children are already set up and there will be others in the coming weeks, including a Sporting Memories reminiscence group.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “I’m delighted with the new Woodseats library. It’s a great asset for the local community and I hope everyone uses it.

“It’s in a beautiful building with first rate facilities and brand new books. There are groups already booked in for children and lots more planned. The building also includes community rooms, and we’re looking to run joint projects with the medical practice to improve people’s health.

“I’m very proud we’ve been able to provide a new library for the people of Sheffield at a time when budgets are tight. I want to thank everyone for their patience in waiting for it to open, and our partners, the Woodseats Medical Practice.”

The new library includes a children’s area, with a ‘reading tree’ inspired by the nearby Graves Park, with natural colours to represent the green outdoor spaces. It also has a computer area with free computer and internet use.

Jonathan Roddick, GP Partner at the Woodseats Medical Centre, said: “All at Woodeats Medical Centre are very excited to be in our new building and we are receiving very positive feedback from our patients.

“Everyone is looking forward to the library opening and we see the whole building as a great resource for the people of Woodseats.

“We look forward very much to working with the library to promote positive health and wellbeing for the whole community. We see the library as a very useful resource for health information and will be recommending books which will be in the library to help people look after their own health and help with a range of conditions, including mental health.”

Woodseats Library opening hours:
More than 350 people responded to a consultation about opening times for the new Woodseats Library.

The opening hours are:
Mon: 12:30 – 18:30
Tue: 10:00 – 14:00
Wed: 10:00 – 17:30
Fri: 10:00 – 17:30
Sat: 10:00 – 16:00