A display featuring images and further information about the proposed enterprise centre is now available in the entrance of the library for the public to view.

Proposals were put forward in March to make a range of changes to the library which could offer a range of opportunities for job seekers, learners and entrepreneurs with events to improve skills and employability. An enterprise centre could also create a space for start-ups businesses, individuals and mobile businesses to work, meet and share ideas, as well as provide an income to support the broader library services. This could all be realised without reducing the existing number of public computers or study spaces, and there would still be meeting rooms available for community hire.

Councillors agreed this month at the General Purposes Committee to refer a decision on proposals for an enterprise centre back to the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee in June.

The Library Review consultation period has also been extended by 10 days in order to give residents more time to comment on proposals set out in a strategy for the future of the service. Responses to the consultation survey will help inform more detailed proposals for the library service, which will be taken to a Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee later in the summer. There will then be a second round of consultation.

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