£450,000 improvements to create brighter, flexible library

This story was published 25 January 2023

Library users in Scarborough will be given an improved service through a revamp costing £450,000 to modernise facilities.

Artist impression of meeting booths in Scarborough library

The improvements have been informed by hundreds of comments and suggestions for the new layout and services from local people and partner organisations.

Work will include relocating the children’s library to the front of the building into a larger, brighter area with better facilities for children and families. There will also be a new IT area and community and exhibition space, as well as new shelving and furniture, device charging points, redecoration and carpeting. Funding has also been set aside for new books ready for the reopening of the library.

The library secured £200,000 from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports/Arts Council England Libraries Improvement Fund. This, backed by a further £250,000 investment from ourselves, will fund the reconfiguration of the ground floor to create a brighter, more attractive space. Plans for the improvements are on display at the library.

Executive member for libraries, Cllr Greg White, said: “I am very excited about these improvements at Scarborough library. The changes will result in a welcoming, modern space that meets the changing needs of the community.

“By creating more flexible areas, we can look forward to working more closely with a range of partners to deliver activities to benefit local people. Scarborough library currently attracts more than 10,000 visits every month and I am confident that the improvements will result in it welcoming many more people.”

The library will close on Saturday, 18 February, and is scheduled to reopen on Monday, 22 May.

Customers will be able to borrow additional books to cover the closure period and arrangements have been made to cover home library service deliveries. 

People needing to access essential services online will be able to use two dedicated computers at the Customer First centre on St Nicolas Street.

The nearest facilities for people wanting to visit a library during the closure are Newby and Scalby, More Than Books at Eastfield and Derwent Valley Bridge in Ayton. See details of opening times. The mobile library will also visit Aberdeen Walk on Mondays, excluding bank holidays, between 2pm and 4pm during the closure period.