Temporary closure as Hailsham Library gets a makeover

LibraryBooksHAILSHAM Library is set to get a makeover when the next phase of a refurbishment project begins.

As part of East Sussex County Council’s multi-million pound library improvement project, the facility in Western Road will be redecorated and new carpet laid which will cause minor disruption to services.

From Monday, April 28, the library will operate from the ground floor only while work on the first floor and staircase is completed. During this period there will be a reduction in the number of public computers and the selection of non-fiction book available. The car park will be closed on Monday, April 28 to allow workmen access.

The first phase of the work is expected to be completed by Saturday, May 3.

From Tuesday, May 6 to Tuesday, May 13, Hailsham Library will be closed to the public while the project is completed.

“The redecoration of the library is part of a major countywide project to improve the service for residents and is further demonstration of the county council’s investment and commitment to libraries,” said Cllr Chris Dowling, the county council’s lead member for community services.

“We hope disruption will be kept to a minimum and apologise for any inconvenience this work will cause, but I am sure library users will be delighted with the final result – a great library with a fresh look.”

During the closure, many library services can be accessed via the e-library. Visitors to the site can view the library catalogue, renew and reserve books, find the details of local organisations and community information and much more.

Customers can also call 0345 60 80 195 for renewals and 0345 60 80 196 for enquiries, or visit other East Sussex libraries, such as Polegate, Willingdon and Heathfield.

“With so many ways of accessing the wide range of services offered in libraries, we hope that the impact of a week-long closure will be lessened,” Cllr Dowling added.

Hailsham Library is expected to reopen on Wednesday, May 14.

For more information about the library improvement programme visit our website.