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Date announced for opening of new Wokingham Library at the Carnival Hub

Date announced for opening of new Wokingham Library @ Carnival Hub

19 August 2022
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CGI of Wokingham Library new childrens area with fun seating and book storage

Local residents are in for a treat when the new Wokingham Library opens its doors at the Carnival Hub on Monday 19 September at 1.30pm.  


The new library, which moves to the Hub from its current home on Denmark Street, is set to become a focal point for the local community. There will be all the current favourite spaces such as browsing areas for books and resources, access to computers and a fantastic children’s area with lots of fun seating and space to relax. 


There will be space for exhibitions and displays, larger meetings rooms which can be combined into one big space for events. There will also be areas for those wishing to study or carry out research in the library, including group study spaces and a bank of individual study booths to give people more privacy if desired. There will be lots of soft seating and breakout areas with tables and chairs for those looking to relax whilst they read, along with a new area specially designed for teens to enjoy. 


Cllr Sarah Kerr, newly appointed executive member for climate emergency and resident services, said: “We’re really pleased to be opening this new library space. It’s been designed to create a much more user friendly and accessible space for everyone whilst still retaining the great services we know people love to use. 


“We spent a lot of time asking people what they wanted to see from the new library and are confident that people will love what they find when they come along to visit. We’re also hoping we will attract a whole new range of users to find out more about their local library now it’s open as part of the Carnival Hub.”


About the new library space


The new library space has been designed to be flexible so it can continue to adapt to visitors needs for years to come.  It is also the perfect location to run a wide range of popular events which include everything from arts and crafts, writing workshops, lectures, community groups, children’s activities and drop-in sessions on everything from making the most of your technology, to learning about family history. 


The space is more accessible with all the facilities located on one floor and access to improved disabled toilets and a changing spaces facility available within the Hub. Families visiting will also benefit from a new buggy parking area. 


When will the Denmark Street Library close and how can I still access library services? 


In order to move everything across to the Carnival Hub, the existing Denmark Street library will need to close on Saturday 3 September at 4pm. The council will then start the process of packing up more than one kilometre of book shelving, before moving it to the Hub and unpacking it ready for the opening of the new library on Monday 19 September at 1.30pm.  


During the fortnight Wokingham library is closed, members will be able to use other libraries across the borough, as well as ongoing access to the library digital services , which includes thousands of online newspapers, magazines e-books and audiobooks you can download for free. Find out more about the digital services on the council’s website. Overdue charges will also be suspended at Wokingham Library during the closure for the move. 


Opening hours for the new library 


After the opening date, Wokingham Library @ Carnival Hub will revert to the usual opening hours of Monday and Tuesday’s 9.30am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 4pm, Thursdays 9.30am to 7pm, Fridays 9.30am to 5pm and Saturdays 9.30am to 4pm. The library remains closed on a Sunday, although opening hours are being kept under review to assess whether moving to the Hub has an impact on visitor patterns to the new space.  


Find out more about joining Wokingham Borough libraries and the range of events held in libraries across the borough on the council’s website


What will happen to the old library building? 


Following the move residents will no longer be able to access Library services from the Denmark Street building.  No decisions have been made about the future of the Denmark Street site at this stage and the council will be considering a number of options over the coming months. Any options for the building will include consideration of the future location of the Water Babies statue and we will work with partners and stakeholders on any decisions about the statue. 


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