THIS is how Kirkintilloch’s popular library will look in three months time.
The £500,000 transformation of William Patrick Library will mean major disruption and will change the building forever.
The designs were unveiled last week by the council and East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust.
The library area’s floor space will be reduced and a customer services zone created – including interview and meeting rooms, self-service computers, telephone and enquiry booths, and customer service pods.
The revamped library will feature a new children’s section, a cafe, a study group area and learning suite, free Internet access and a self-service point where users can check books in and out.
A central seating area, staffed desks, self-service payment kiosks and a multi-media display are also part of the plans.
Gerry Cornes, chief executive of the council, said: “This is a very exciting time and we are pleased to launch the official design plans for the new William Patrick Library and Community Hub.
“As the new design is mainly open plan, a more spacious and modern environment will be created, offering relaxed surroundings for library users and a flexible approach to customer service.
“And with both the library and community hub under one roof in a ‘first-stop-shop’, customers of both services will find their experience more improved.”
The ground floor of the library will close for three months on Sunday, June 3, so builders can work on the hub, which will be a one-stop-shop for a range of services – from paying council tax to finding out about local events.
The council says library users will be able to borrow books from Kirkintilloch’s Barony Chambers and Bishopbriggs Library during the closure.
However, residents claim they’ve been told only children’s books will be available from the Barony Chambers.
Mark Grant, general manager of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “While we will not be operating a full library service at the Barony Chambers, customers can collect requests from and return books to the chambers.
“They will also be able to borrow from the return materials and additional lending stock will be available from Bishopbriggs Library.
“Furthermore, customers can borrow additional books from the William Patrick Library, up to a maximum of 20.
“Library services for children will operate from the Barony Chambers where books will be available to support the Summer Reading Challenge.”
The plans are on display in the library’s first-floor Information and Archives section and the reception of Tom Johnston House. You can also visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk and www.edlc.co.uk
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