Hastings Library modernisation continues

A multi-million pound refurbishment and modernisation scheme is taking place at Hastings Library. The Brassey Institute site remains closed as the building undergoes a complete overhaul. We are anticipating re-opening to the public during the Spring of 2018, later than originally planned. The refurbishment has revealed a number of additional structural issues with the front facade of the building, which need to be dealt with in line with conservation guidelines. The front facade requires repairs and, where necessary, replacement of stone and mortar, and work is now underway to deal with this.

Unfortunately it’s not possible to allow people to safely use the library while these extra works are ongoing, and after careful consideration we’ve taken the decision to put back the opening date.

Library services continue to be provided from the nearby Children’s Library, in Robertson Passage. The temporary library will remain open until the Claremont scheme, which will bring the adults and children’s libraries under one roof, is complete.

Learning Services has moved to Muriel Matters House (formerly Aquila House). Learners should go to the reception desk and they will be taken to the new learning suite.

The new library will offer a completely refurbished interior with new furniture in a comfortable and welcoming public space, with more public access computers, free WiFi and new public toilets.

During the closure, library facilities will be available at nearby libraries, including those at Hollington, Ore and Bexhill, while people can also browse the catalogue and download eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines from the council’s e-library.

More information is available online or by calling 0345 6080196.

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