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Sneak preview of Woking library revamp

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People will get a sneak preview at what Surrey’s biggest and busiest library will look like when its refurbishment is completed this summer.

Surrey County Council is giving Woking library in Gloucester Walk a complete overhaul to make it the most modern and user friendly branch in the county.

The plans will be on show next week at a temporary library in the nearby Wolsey Place Shopping Centre to give people a glimpse of what they can expect when it opens.

New features will include an improved children’s library, a new area for teenagers, free wi-fi, new seats, shelves, carpets, lighting and stock.

Around 16,000 new books will replace old ones, ensuring a wide variety of fantastic new reads for visitors.

Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “The way people use libraries is changing which is why it’s so important we adapt and improve our libraries to meet the demands of the modern world.

“The new Woking library will be light, airy and stylish to ensure it’s a place where people want to spend time. Floor space will be increased by 127 square metres and the building will undergo a complete refurbishment.

“While the refurbishment is taking place we’ve opened a temporary library just around the corner in the Wolsey Place pedestrian mall, between Sainsbury’s and Boots, so people can still use the service.”

The temporary library offers books for adults and children, DVDs, computers with internet connection, as well as photocopying and fax services.

Surrey County Council is committed to investing in and improving Surrey’s libraries. It recently opened the new Dorking Library where visitor numbers doubled in the first week.

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Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk

Notes to editors

Under the plans for Woking, the library will remain where it is, but the rotunda area will be turned into a restaurant or cafe. To compensate for this the library will be expanded further inside the building, including into the offices above and it will be given a new high profile glass facade.

The public area will not be reduced and the new design will make it easier to hold community events such as meetings and talks.

The refurbishment forms part of a wider redevelopment of the town centre by Woking Borough Council and developer Moyallen.

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