Suspense as opening date for library is awaited

March 24 2017

Cheltenham Road Library closed its doors for the last time on Monday 27 February. It offered sterling service to the community for over 100 years and a celebratory tea party was held at the library during the last afternoon.

Cheltenham Road Library closed its doors for the last time on Monday 27 February. It offered sterling service to the community for over 100 years and a celebratory tea party was held at the library during the last afternoon. Library users enjoyed tea and cake while chatting about their memories of using the library and looking at photos and information about its history. The plans for the new Bishopston Library on Gloucester Road were also on display.  

Chris Brown from the Library service said: “In the early part of March, library staff put Cheltenham Road Library ‘to bed’, packing up hundreds of crates and boxes to be moved to the new library. Work is now being done to get Bishopston Library ready for opening – you may have seen the activity through the large plate glass window at the front of the library. 

“No opening date has been announced yet as there is still a lot to do, but a poster will be displayed in the window of the library and various local media will be contacted to let residents know once the opening date is decided. Follow Bristol Libraries’ Facebook page (Bristol Libraries) or Twitter feed (@BristolLibrary) for updates or check the council’s website – www.bristol.gov.uk/libraries”

 Redland councillors Martin Fodor and Fi Hance commented: “We’re delighted to see the library now being filled with books! The counter, shelves, desks, furniture and terminals are in place, which is very long awaited but great news.  There have been delays with data cables - essential connections for library services to start, so these are being chased.”

A Friends of Bishopston Library group is being set up to support activities at  the library. To register your interest, email denis.wise@bristol.gov.uk