Specialist hubs are to be created, as part of expansion plans at three Council-run libraries in the city. Libraries in Alvaston, Mickleover and Pear Tree will be undertaking improvement projects during the spring to increase their stock holding capacity and offer enhanced facilities to the local community.

Councillor Amo Raju, Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said:

“Derby Libraries offer a valuable service for the local community and it’s important that these improvements take place to ensure book stocks can be accommodated from the Central library, in preparation for the opening of the Riverside Library at the Council House this summer. During the necessary closure periods, library users can access and reserve books at other local libraries and ebooks will continue to be available 24/7.”

Alvaston Library are undertaking a range of improvements focusing on improving the children’s section by providing a more flexible space to accommodate children’s activities and further shelving to house additional children’s book stock. Alvaston Library is to become a citywide hub for Health and Lifestyle books and materials. Improvements will also continue into other areas of the library. For example, a self-service machine and a drop box will be moved from their current positions and moved to the reduced main counter. This new self-service area will provide an improved flow at the library counter, which will reduce waiting times. The general appearance and decor of the library will also be significantly enhanced.

This project involves the removal of internal walls, electrical work, plastering, installing new shelving, internal decoration and removing and replacing the carpet in the main library. This means that all non-fiction book stock on fixed shelving will have to be boxed and removed from the building to protect it from any potential damage. The extensive improvement work means Alvaston library will need to close between Friday 2 March and Tuesday 27 March to allow the building work to take place.

Derby City Council’s second busiest library in Mickleover, will be undertaking an expansion project to increase adult stock holdings by creating a space to accommodate more shelving to house a significant amount of adult book stock being transferred from Central Library to Mickleover Library. The main benefit to customers is that this stock will be available citywide and can be viewed using the library catalogue. Holds can be placed on requested items and delivered to any library in the city for collection. Mickleover Library is expected to become a specialist hub for books and materials concerning Wellbeing and Family.

Considerable alterations to the layout of the library will be carried out to create extra space. This means retaining the larger meeting room and relocating library PC’s. This will require removing some internal walls, electrical work, plastering, installing new shelving and internal decoration. The extensive improvement work means Mickleover library will need to be closed from Friday 16 March until Tuesday 17 April. However, a number of booked activities will continue to run during this time.

Pear Tree Library also has expansion plans to increase adult stock holdings by creating a space to accommodate more shelving to house a significant amount of children’s and adult book stock being transferred from Central Library to Pear Tree Library. The main benefit to customers is that this stock will be available citywide and can be viewed using the library catalogue. Holds can be placed on requested items and delivered to any library in the city for collection. Pear Tree Library is planned as a specialist hub for books and materials on Digital Support, Learning and Language.

Considerable alterations to the layout of the library will be carried out to create extra space. This entails expanding the public area and relocating library PC’s to a newly created space, which will accommodate adult stock, particularly books in other languages. Work is also being carried out to open up the children’s library with the aim of using it as a flexible space to hold events and activities. Improvements will also continue into other areas of the library. For example, the library counter will be reduced in size and a self-service machine and drop box will be located next to the counter. This self-service area will provide an improved flow at the library counter, which will reduce waiting times for library users.

Work will be carried which involves removing some internal walls, electrical work, plastering, installing new shelving and internal decoration. The extensive improvement work means Pear Tree library will need to close from Thursday 12 April until Wednesday 30 May. However, a number of booked activities will continue to run. There will also be some external construction works taking place at Pear Tree library until Friday 29 June, which will continue when the library reopens.

Plans to increase the stock holding capacity at Alvaston, Mickleover and Pear Tree Libraries are to be funded up to a value of £160k through the Property Rationalisation capital budget, agreed last year as part of the Library Strategic Review under Option B plus.

During the temporary closures of these three libraries, eBooks will continue to be available 24/7 and other City libraries will remain open. Library users are advised to check the In Derby website for opening times.