Upgrades to Beeston Library improve facilities for the community

Beeston Library 2

Through a £1million extensive refurbishment project, Nottinghamshire County Council have delivered a modern, fit-for-purpose recreational space for the community in Beeston, Nottingham.

It is one of four flagship libraries in Nottinghamshire and was designed and developed by Inspire and Arc Partnership, after receiving funding from Nottinghamshire County Council.

At Inspire, we’re excited about the re-opening of the library as an inventive, modern space for the people of Beeston and indeed Nottinghamshire – for reading, learning, culture and community activity.

Peter Gaw, Chief Executive Officer of Inspire

The library now features a new roof, windows, ceiling, lights, flooring and heating systems alongside a grand entrance designed to inspire visitors.

A reworked internal layout ensures all areas of the library are accessible and that getting around is easy for users. The new bookshelves are fully stocked with more than 10,000 new books, including fiction and non-fiction for children and adults and the library now benefits from a new IT innovation suite.

The upgrades have enabled the creation of designated rooms. A discovery room provides space for hands on learning, creativity and innovation, whilst a multi-functional room serves as a meeting room or large exhibition space.

Providing state-of-the-art facilities for the community will help to encourage local people to visit, read and spend time in the new, modern environment. As well as attracting new users to the library, it will help boost engagement from current users and enhance their experience.

The building’s flexible spaces will lend themselves perfectly to the extensive future arts and cultural programme lined up. This includes exhibitions, learning activities, workshops, performance, community and family events. Keeping users entertained and inspired while placing the library at the heart of community activity.

The official reopening of the library is scheduled for 9 September, which will be celebrated with a family fun day.

Councillor John Cottee, welcomed the re-opening of the library, saying:

It’s great news to see this library re-opening its doors as it’s a vital hub for the local community. I hope the various improvements and the library’s revamp will make for an even better environment for local people to read, learn and benefit from the many activities and events which take part here.

John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee,

Arc Partnership is committed to helping the public sector deliver efficient buildings and services, which provide high levels of social value and community engagement.

We welcomed the opportunity to continue our work with Nottinghamshire County Council and Inspire to design and build excellent library facilities across Nottinghamshire.

Daniel Maher, Managing Director of Arc Partnership

The original article was published in the Nottingham Post, and includes a video tour of the facilities.