Rosehill Library in Ipswich will be closing for five weeks from Monday 5th June to enable building work and refurbishment to take place to improve the library’s facilities and accessibility, including adding a public toilet.
The work will also mean the library’s car park will be closed from Monday 8 May until after the work is complete to allow some initial building work to start. The library and car park will reopen during the week of Monday 10 July.
The work is being funded by Suffolk County Council will include the provision of a fully accessible public toilet with baby changing facilities, a new extension at the back of the library to provide additional storage, a staff area and kitchen facilities to provide refreshments for library events. The layout of the library will also be improved and the carpet will be replaced.
Suffolk Libraries apologises for the inconvenience, particularly for the long closure period, but the work planned is important and it will not be possible to maintain safe access for staff and customers during the work. The plan will mean the library is open for the spring half term and will reopen in time for the Summer Reading Challenge.
Rosehill Library is 112 years old and the last significant improvement work was carried out in 2003. This project will improve the library environment and facilities for everyone who uses it. During the closure customers can use any other library with the nearest being Gainsborough Library and Ipswich County Library. Any library loans due back during the closure period will be automatically extended and customers may wish to visit and stock up on books before the closure.
The regular children’s centre groups and child health clinics will not be running at the library during the work. If anyone would like details of alternative clinics they can call Suffolk Infolink on 0345 6080033.