Corn Exchange move will mean extra opening hours for Bourne public library

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THE public library in Bourne will be open for an extra day when it moves into the Corn Exchange.

The current library in South Street is closed on Wednesdays, but when it moves into the one-stop-shop for council and community services currently being created in the Corn Exchange, it will be open every Wednesday.

Lincolnshire county councillor Sue Woolley (Con) said: “This is great news for the people of Bourne.

“I’m especially pleased by the increase in opening hours and the more central location in the town, nearer to the shops.

“I’m sure this will put the library at the very heart of the local community.”

The final opening times are still being finalised but a spokesman from the county council confirmed that the new library will be open for an additional day.

The council’s executive member for cultural services Coun Eddy Poll (Con) said: “We know how important the library is to local people and this move to a newly-refurbished home is going to give it a new lease of life.

“It will mean both longer opening hours and better parking, making it easier to visit at a time that’s convenient for you.

“I’m sure these improvements will be welcomed by the local community.”

South Kesteven District Council leader Linda Neal (Con), said the extension in opening hours was “brilliant news”.

“Perhaps it will open up the service to people who currently find the opening hours inconvenient,” she said.

The library is currently open from 10am to 6pm on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, until 7pm on Tuesdays and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

As part of the Corn Exchange redevelopment, services including the offices of the district council and town council will move to the Corn Exchange along with the Citizens Advice Bureau and register office.

The county council is still deciding what to do with the buildings it will be vacating.

Property manager Jim Hogg, said: “We’ll be exploring if the town hall can be used for other council business.”

Lincolnshire County Council has previously said it could look to sell the properties to private developers if it finds no other use for them.

But it has yet to make a decision about the future of the town hall or library.

Burmor Construction, a firm of developers from Deeping St James, is carrying out the work on the updated facilities in the Corn Exchange, which includes building a new customer service facility, a library, and interview rooms, staff offices and the current living accommodation at the centre will be converted for offices and storage.

The project should be completed by March next year.