Battle Library community hub opens

News from: Reading Borough Council

Battle Library will reopen to the public as a multi-use community hub for West Reading on Tuesday 17 September, following major building improvement work over the summer.

Local residents can visit the library from 13:00 on Tuesday 17 September. Battle Library has been transformed over the summer, so that more people can enjoy what it has to offer. The much loved library will continue to provide all of its popular library services, as well as Children’s Centre activities, adult learning and community activities.

Work on the £400K project, funded through developer contributions from nearby housing schemes, got underway in May. The transformation has created a new single storey rear extension alongside internal reorganisation and improvements. The extension has an office space and houses the adult library, which opens up to an outside deck area. An eco-friendly green roof of hardy alpines plants has been installed on the extension.

The internal reorganisation provides a new flexible community space, available for community groups to use outside of library opening hours. This also includes a kitchenette and additional toilet facility. Other improvements include a new library reception desk and general redecoration.

Groups and organisations benefiting from the transformation include Brighter Future for Children, West Reading Together, New Directions adult learning and Craft & Chat.

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