Battle Library Community Hub opens on 17 September 2019

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Neighbourhood

Battle Library will reopen to the public as a multi-use community hub for west Reading on Tuesday 17 September, following major building improvement work over the summer. Local residents can visit the library from 1pm on Tuesday 17 September. The official opening ceremony of Battle Library Community Hub will be on Thursday 3 October at 11am.

Battle Library has been transformed over the summer, so that more people can enjoy what it has to offer. The much-loved library will continue to provide all of its popular library services, as well as Children’s Centre activities, adult learning and community activities. Work on the £400K project, funded through developer contributions from nearby housing schemes, got underway in May.

The transformation has created a new single storey rear extension alongside internal reorganisation and improvements. The extension has an office space and houses the adult library, which opens up to an outside deck area. An eco-friendly green roof of hardy alpines plants has been installed on the extension.

The internal reorganisation provides a new flexible community space, available for community groups to use outside of library opening hours. This also includes a kitchenette and additional toilet facility. Other improvements include a new library reception desk and general redecoration.

Groups and organisations benefiting from the transformation include: Brighter Future for Children Children’s Centre activities, West Reading Together (formerly Oxford Road Timebank), New Directions adult learning, and Craft and Chat.

The transformation at Battle Library is part of the Council’s £2 million investment in community hubs which bring libraries, children’s centres and community facilities together in one place. South Reading Community Hub celebrated its first anniversary in June this year and Southcote Community Hub will be celebrating its first anniversary in October. Work on upgrading Sun Street Youth and Community Centre to a new hub for east Reading will start in the winter.

Find out more about the project.

Further information

Opening times from 17 September:

  • Tuesdays: 1pm to 7pm
  • Wednesdays: closed
  • Thursdays: 9am to 5pm
  • Fridays: 9am to 12 noon
  • Saturdays: 10am to 3pm
  • Sundays and bank holidays: closed