New-look Worthing Library – date set for opening

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Work on the new-look Worthing Library is almost complete, with the community hub almost ready to reopen.

The custom-designed building will reopen at 9am on Tuesday, June 22, bringing together a number of county council services, including an enhanced library service, under one roof.

The Richmond Road site will be home to West Sussex County Council registration services, children and family services, and Find it Out and youth emotional support services.

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New facilities include flexible meeting rooms, an inclusive Changing Places ground-floor toilet, a private meeting pod and Quiet Zone, a suite of custom-designed registration rooms with dedicated waiting area, and a specialist ante-natal room for midwifery clinic appointments.

One of the images showing what people could expect from the new libraryOne of the images showing what people could expect from the new library
One of the images showing what people could expect from the new library

The library will offer a huge selection of brand-new books in a bright, modern, Covid-secure space.

The temporary Library at 37 Richmond Road will close at 4.30pm on Saturday, June 12, so equipment, books and other items can be moved back to the main library.

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To help minimise disruption to customers, loan dates will be extended so no items will due for return while the temporary library is closed.

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Russell Allen, head of Libraries and heritage at West Sussex County Council, said: “This project has been a long time in the making, with the pandemic causing some unexpected delays, but now that we are ready to open our doors and welcome residents inside, the timing couldn’t feel more right.

“All of the services that will share space in the new-look Library will support the community in coming back together, safely returning to the things we have missed, especially the chance to be with others. This is exactly what the library has been designed to enable.”

For more information, visit the online guide to the new library, phone Worthing Library on 01903 704809, email [email protected] or follow the library service on Twitter and Facebook.