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14 March 2017

Devizes library to become a new community hub

People in Devizes will soon be able to access council services in one location as it was announced today (14 March 2017) that the local library will become a new community hub.

Along with the current library facilities, the hub will offer the opportunity for people to access many more council services including council tax, housing benefits, and registrations, as well as community space for meetings, events and activities.

As part of Wiltshire Council's strategy to reduce its number of buildings and make services more accessible, the services provided from the customer centre in Snuff Street will move into the new hub this summer.

The new Devizes Community Hub will be the first port of call for local people to access all council services and a range of community groups and activities. An Open+ swipe access scheme will be implemented which will enable library customers, community groups and visitors to access the building and its facilities outside of the opening hours of the library.

The Open + access system was introduced into the first community hub in Calne and has been extremely successful allowing the building to be used for meetings and events outside of library opening hours without additional staff costs.

The new hub in Devizes will see the implementation of flexible shelving in the library area to enable the space to be used for larger meetings and events, such as the community area board meetings and local community events.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: "We see the provision of community hubs as vital for local areas. It means that people can access local services and facilities and have flexible space for the community to use. It makes sense to combine the services currently provided in Snuff Street into the library.

"The new hub in Devizes will be modelled on the successful Calne Community Hub and I'm sure it will be just as popular and well used. Libraries are at the heart of local communities, and the buildings provide a safe place for meetings and group use, and the new hub model will help to make this vital service sustainable into the future.

"We are proud that no libraries have closed in Wiltshire and I have to say a huge thank you to the 867 volunteers that currently support this key front line service."

Last updated: 15 March 2017 | Last reviewed: 15 March 2017

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