Work to redesign Kendal Library will start in the New Year. The changes will transform the space and deliver significant improvements for library users, adult learners, and the Kendal community to enjoy.
The redesigned library will improve browsing experience through clearer signage, improved layout and dedicated seating areas. The transformed building will provide the perfect space to read, learn, research, relax and make use of the digital facilities and resources on offer. There will also be a fantastic range of activities available such as Adult Learning classes, children’s activities and specialist drop ins.
Following a thorough procurement process, the County Council appointed Top Notch Contractors to carry out the works.
Last year the community of Kendal shared their views on what they would like to see from the redesigned library. Those views have informed the redesign plans for the building.
The library has already been improved as a result of work on the glass ceiling and lighting in 2021. It’s estimated that this new phase of works will be complete in Summer 2023. Some areas of the library will be cordoned off whilst work takes place, and there may be some noise and disturbance.
Further information about the project is available at cumbria.gov.uk/kendallibraryredesign
Cllr Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Services, said;
“It’s great to see this exciting project to redesign Kendal Library come to fruition, with work starting soon. The changes will create an enhanced library building and a wonderful community setting for everyone to enjoy.
“I would also like to remind our customers of the fantastic digital offer that the Libraries and Archives Service provides, which our Kendal residents may wish to exploit, particularly whilst works are ongoing. Library members can borrow eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and comics for free at any time. Visit the Library Service website for more information.”