The consultation on a new Central Library has now closed and the result was pretty clear – people like the idea of a new Central Library that we can design and build from scratch to best suit the city’s and our children’s needs for the future.
Over 85% of respondents said they would like to see a new library located in the revamped Broadmarsh area – many seeing it as a good addition to the emerging new site. The redevelopment of the Broadmarsh area will transform this area of the city. Adding state of the art children’s facilities in a new high quality Central Library will make this an even better development for Nottingham.
I know it’s taken some time, and I know there is the potential for some disruption, but everything is being planned carefully to make sure we make the most of the opportunity to completely change the Broadmarsh area for the better. Though the consultation has ended, the Council will continue to look to local people for input into the design and layout of the new library to help make it an inspirational space for Nottingham’s residents and visitors.
As UNESCO City of Literature Nottingham has a rich literacy 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 response to the consultation shows how important libraries still are to the people of Nottingham and we are committed to creating an imaginative and innovative space for young children in particular, although we aim to encourage all walks of life to use the library spaces and to embrace and enjoy opportunities for lifelong learning and development.