It is proposed to move Bath Library to a new, modern refurbished location opposite the new Bath University innovation and study centre on Manvers Street close to the rail and bus station, and Southgate shopping Centre.
- The proposed public space would be the equivalent of the relevant library area in the Podium, but more appropriately laid out to maximise space whilst meeting our customers' needs
- All existing services would be available in the new library
- There would continue to be quiet and study areas
- Books would still be on shelves to browse and we would ensure popular titles are readily available
- There would be more modern technology, better PCs, high speed WiFi
- All three million books would still be available online
- The library would continue to host events and flexible meeting spaces as well as small exhibits - accommodated across the 3 floors where appropriate
- Experienced staff would still be on hand to assist users
- A more modern location would mean better and more contained facilities for young children
- Local history reference is transferring to the archives to enable specialist support in one location to those undertaking in-depth research
- Parking and disabled parking would be available either directly opposite, immediately behind the new proposed library or under cover at Southgate
- The new location is owned by the Council rather than leased like the Podium, ensuring the Library had a permanent home and a thriving future
- This proposed move would contribute to an annual saving of £800,000
We will be working with local communities over the next few months to develop plans and we will update this web site as local proposals emerge. Please be aware this is a three year review and change programme.