Wickersley Library set to see improvements under Labour plans

Wickersley Library – home of books and giant educational spiders

Wickersley Library will see its first real investment since it opened 12 years ago under Labour’s new proposals.

Every library in the borough is set to be upgraded, including new homes for the libraries at Swinton, Thurcroft and, potentially, Thorpe Hesley. Brinsworth Library will be relocated to a new purpose built facility this month.

By changing the way that the current library budget is managed and securing a government grant to help to relocate Central Library in town to a new building, millions of pounds of capital investment can be released to benefit the whole of the library estate.

Wickersley is set to see new public computers and IT equipment, information screens, furniture and shelving, which will also help to make the floorspace more flexible so it can be used for other purposes.

No libraries are expected to see reductions in opening hours, but library fines are expected to be scrapped from April this year to help to encourage more people to borrow books.

Under the Conservative government since 2010, 800 libraries have closed across the country as swingeing cuts have been made to council finances. Labour’s plan for Rotherham maintains our commitment to provide good, high quality library facilities across the borough, even as we juggle the financial challenges that we face.

The council’s Cabinet will consider the proposals on Monday 20th January, and they will then be subject to further public consultation before final decisions are made.

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