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A new library for Dunstable – the next chapter

9 August 2018

In preparation for the next chapter of Dunstable Library, opening hours at the current library at Vernon Place will be changing.

From Tuesday 11 September 2018 Dunstable Library will be open from 10am to 2pm Tuesday to Saturday. Its last day will be 22 December when it will close its doors for the last time at 2pm, ahead of the move into its new home at The Dunstable Centre, Court Drive, Dunstable. This will help to provide time to sort out the old building, the recruitment and training of new staff and the move to the new building.

The brand new larger state-of-the-art facilities based within the new Dunstable Centre, will house the most popular books and services, plus public access computers, flexible space for activities, events and clubs.

During the closure, library users will be able to access the same library services in Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard. The library will be running a Drop Off Point for people to return library items at The Grove Theatre. The drop-off point will be open between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am and 2pm on Saturdays throughout the closure period. Items will have been issued for a longer period than usual so that members will not be charged fines while the library is closed.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, our Executive Member for Community Services, said: "The leisure centre and library in Dunstable were no longer fit for purpose or cost effective to run. By bringing services together under one roof, the new facility will reduce running costs, while providing more flexible services to customers, such as improved opening hours for public services.

"The brand-new library will be a large, bright and airy open-plan space, incorporating state-of-the-art equipment. The space will flow seamlessly within the main foyer and will be zoned for different activities."

Read more about the Dunstable Centre redevelopment

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