Full service to resume Summer 2020
rainfall on Thursday 7 November, Worksop Library on Memorial Avenue suffered a devastating
flood throughout the 2000sqm building.
are currently clearing and cleansing the building, whilst the council and its
property partnership ARC develop a programme of works to restore the building
for use again.
Due to the significant
amount of work required to restore the building, it is estimated that it will
be next summer when the library and its services will be fully operational
again. This is dependent upon the time taken to dry the building out, the
extent of required works and how long it takes to get the various services up
and running. The building hosts the library service, adult learning, young
people’s study programme, community meetings/events, Café, registration
service, adult day care and several Inspire and Nottinghamshire County Council
The building, one of
Inspire’s flagship venues, receives over 200,000 visits a year and holds a
library stock of 26,000 items, including a large heritage collection. Through
the fast work of staff from across Inspire, all the book stock and local
heritage items were saved from flood and damp damage and are now stored in safe
conditions. Stock is being monitored for relative humidity levels and to ensure
no mould is appearing. So far humidity levels are within a permissible range
and hopefully indicates the fast action of staff has paid off.
Cllr John Cottee,
Chairman of the Communities and Place committee, and also Chair of the Inspire
board, said ‘Thank you to staff from
across Inspire, the County Council and ARC partnership for their response to
the flood.’ He also thanked the local community for their offers of help
and reassured them that the building will be restored, and services resumed as
soon as possible.
Provision To help library customers, Balmoral and Carlton In
Lindrick community libraries have extended their opening hours (Monday-Friday
9am-5pm and Saturday – 9am-4pm), with the nearby Aurora Centre also accepting
book returns. Inspire and Nottinghamshire County Council are exploring the
availability of alternative premises for the library service during Worksop’s
closure. The adult learning programme has been relocated to several community
venues and the 16-19 study programme is operating from The Crossing. The
cultural programme has been suspended, whilst alternative venues are
secured. The ASK Inspire service (01623
677 200) and www.inspireculture.org.uk
will continue to provide updated information.
services, including several weddings have been relocated. The office has been
temporarily relocated to The Turbine Innovation Centre. The Day care service is operating from Albion
Close. Contact the Nottinghamshire
County Council Customer Service centre on 0300 500 8080 for more information.
Further information can be found at inspireculture.org.uk/worksop and nottscc.gov.uk