High-tech facility will be library’s new home

The current site in Richmond Road
The current site in Richmond Road

A town library will be moving to new premises next spring and users are being invited to have their say.

Towcester Library is currently based in Richmond Road but it will move to the Moat Lane Development for next year.

It will be at The Forum – which will also be the home to new offices for South Northants Council, council chamber, a cafe, an adult learning facility and the county registrar’s office.

But the library, which will be bigger with improved access to technology, will be the centrepiece when it opens its doors in March 2015.

The library’s move is expected to cause minor disruption while resources are moved to Moat Lane but online services are expected to bridge the gap.

A spokesman for Northants County Council said: “We anticipate there will be a short period where the library will be closed while we transfer stock to the new building.

“But library customers will still be able to renew and order items online and of course, they can return books and DVDs to any of our libraries across the county.

“We’re very excited about moving into a real community hub because it makes perfect sense to locate services that are regularly used by the public together in an easily accessible way.”

People can still have their say on what they would like to see at the new library by coming along to focus groups. The consultation ends on June 23.

Community groups and organisations who would like to discuss partnerships with the new library should come to the current library premises on June 19, between 10am and noon.

Prospective users of the new library can come to a focus group at the library on June 23, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

Dermot Bambridge, South Northants County councillor for economic development, regeneration and housing, said the new development is taking shape.

He said: “Significant progress is being made on Moat Lane and the Forum building, with the top floor under construction over the next few weeks.

“It is also exciting to see the Towcester Mill Brewery in action and the first part of the commercial development coming to fruition.”

People can keep up-to-date with the project via www.facebook.com/

Or watch a time lapse video of construction at www.southnorthants.gov.uk/we