Today the City Council has announced a consultation on an exciting proposal to develop a new central library as part of a revamped Broadmarsh area.
We want to hear your views on these plans, which include a modern, state-of-the-art library, and Britain’s best children library. As a UNESCO City of Literature, Nottingham has a rich literary heritage and children’s literacy is a big priority for us. A new Central Library could give Nottingham children access to books, learning, imagination and ideas.
The existing Central Library, on Angel Row, is looking tired and the building structure restricts how well the space can be used. Upgrading the building would be a multi-million pound project which we simply cannot commit to at a time when we face continued cuts to our funding by central Government.
The Broadmarsh Area transformation however provides an opportunity for us to create a new Central Library surrounded by new shops, cafes and a modern carpark and bus station.
A new Central Library at Broadmarsh would be an attractive and inspiring space. Facing onto a pedestrianised Colin Street and Carrington Street, the new library would be at the heart of the revitalised Broadmarsh – flanked to the east by the new City College and to the West by the world heritage destination of Nottingham Castle.
No decision has yet to be taken about whether or not to go ahead and create a new Central Library, but we have started a public consultation to explore the possibility. We are very keen to hear what parents and children would want, as well as current library users. This is your chance to have your say and tell us if you think we should grasp this opportunity to create a new Central Library for Nottingham.
To get involved in the consultation, you can contact us online here: https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/transport-parking-and-streets/broadmarsh/