Work is due to start shortly on a major £1.2million project to provide a number of council services under one roof at Driffield library. The project will see the customer service centre and registrar’s service move into the existing library building to provide a new combined customer service and library facility. This will provide greater flexibility, allowing residents to carry out a wide variety of transactions at their own convenience while, at the same time, being able to use a self-service provision and access information via public access terminals.
The centre is the latest community hub to be developed in key towns across the East Riding and is part of the council’s drive to lower running costs whilst seeking to improve access to services, It is anticipated that work will be completed within twelve months.
During the work, the library will be relocating to temporary accommodation adjacent to West Garth Customer Service Centre. The library will close at the end of business on Friday 20 March at 7.00 pm, to reopen at West Garth at 9.30 am on Monday 30 March.
The opening hours will be:
Mon 9.30 – 1.00 2.00-7.00
Tues 9.30 – 1.00 2.00-5.00
Thurs 9.30 – 1.00 2.00-5.00
Fri 9.30 – 1.00 2.00-7.00
The temporary library will provide a selection of stock and three public access computers with internet, printing and scanning facilities.
Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture, said:” This is very exciting news for Driffield. I am delighted that once again our prudent financial management over many years means we are able to invest in significant improvements in the town, to provide a much better facility for both library and customer service users.”
An East Riding of Yorkshire Council spokesperson said : “ We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of the library in Driffield, and its relocation, but would like to reassure our customers that the end result will provide the local community with a modern and cost efficient facility bringing a number of services together under one roof.”