Have your say on Wendover Community Library redevelopment plans

Closes 30 Nov 2022

Opened 21 Oct 2022

Overview

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We want to hear your views on the redevelopment plans for Wendover Community Library.

Buckinghamshire Libraries have been successful with a funding bid to the Arts Council England Libraries Improvement Fund.

£310,000 was secured from Arts Council England, which has been topped up to £473,000 with funding from other sources.

The funding is to transform Wendover Community Library into an inclusive, multi-use community hub that offers a single point of contact for local services in Wendover and provides for a range of social, educational, health and cultural activities.

Books and reading will remain absolutely central to the new library.

To become the focal point for the community, the library will be expanded –creating new flexible meeting space and allowing partnerships with new organisations to be developed.

As a community hub, we want Wendover Library to meet the needs of our current library customers, as well as attract new customers – including those from marginalised groups, providing a diverse and inclusive service.

We have developed a proposed design plan for the redevelopment of Wendover Community Library. We want to hear your views on the design plan, whether you:

  • Live or work in Wendover, or visit the area
  • Use Wendover Community Library, or not

Your views will help us shape the next steps in transforming the library.

Wendover Community Library improvement project

More Information

The aims of the fund are to:

  • enable libraries to develop more flexible spaces
  • increase and improve digital access in the community
  • connect libraries to their communities
  • increase potential for transformation
  • increase library use
  • increase sustainability of libraries

More Information

Our plans for the project include:

  • extension of the library into the courtyard
  • visually aesthetic glass entrance to increase visibility and access
  • newly decorated interior with new fittings and furniture using dementia and autism friendly colour pallets
  • additional flexible space / meeting room
  • sensory children's library
  • improved energy efficiency
  • multifunctional reception area

More Information

Planned improvements to the library include:

  • new self-service technology to increase digital access such as a new self-service kiosk for book loans and print release, loanable tablets (hublets) and wireless printing
  • 'Library Extra' to enable non-staff assisted access and out of hours access for users and room hirers
  • new diverse stock such as reminiscence collections and resources to promote health and wellbeing

For more information, please visit the Wendover Community Library improvement project website.

Proposed design plans

Before you respond to this activity, please have a look at the following design plans:

How to have your say

You can tell us your views by completing the online survey using the link at the end of the page.

If you have any questions about this activity, please email us at thewendoverlibrary@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

Please tell us your views by midnight on Wednesday 30 November 2022.

What happens next

Your feedback will help us understand if the design concept set out to meet the aims of the project and type of activities that people want to see at the new library.

Your feedback will also help us shape the technology offer at the library by understanding the needs of the community when it comes to out of hours access.

As part of the project, we are interested in hearing people’s views and shaping the new library service provision to meet the needs of the community.

We will hold further community engagement exercises to share further designs on the interior and to reshape the Wendover Library service provision in the new library to ensure we are offering a sustainable, diverse and inclusive service.

Privacy

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If you have questions about data and privacy, please email us on dataprotection@buckinghamshire.gov.uk. Or write to our Data Protection Officer at Buckinghamshire Council, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF.

Give us your views

Areas

  • Wendover

Interests

  • Culture
  • Libraries
  • Communities