Battle Library closed for improvements from 19 April to September: Exciting plans for Battle Library

Exciting plans for Battle Library

We know you already love your local library. We are now making major improvements so that even more people can enjoy what it has to offer!

By developing Battle Library as a community hub, we can make even better use of the building and put it at the heart of the local community. 

When will the library be closed?

We can only carry out these major works by closing the building for a few months. Battle Library will be closed from Friday 19th April. It will reopen again in late summer (although it will open for one day as a polling station on 2nd May).

Where can I find services and activities during the closure?

We are working hard to make sure that you can still access services and activities. After 19th April you can:

  • return books to library staff between 9am and12pm on Fridays in the Emmanuel Methodist Church next door to the library. You'll be able to access a small selection of children's and adults' books and collect items you've requested
  • enjoy Rhymetimes at the Emmanuel Methodist Church on Fridays at 10am and 11.15am
  • access to Children's Centre activities at Central Library on a Wednesday
  • use your library card and return books at any other library
  • find e-books, e-magazines and an e-audio service anytime at

For information on child health clinics, please contact 0118 9312111.

What's the plan for Battle Library?

After it re-opens, Battle Library will continue to offer all of its popular library services, as well as Children's Centre activities, adult learning and community activities, supporting people of all ages.

We are extending the building and making changes to how you can use the space. When the library re-opens there will be a new flexible area that community groups can use inside and outside of library opening hours. There will also be a new kitchenette and an outside deck area.

We have carefully designed all the changes to respect and preserve the character of this beautiful community building, including the murals in the much-loved children's library.

The funding for this work comes from developers who have built new homes in the area and then given money to us for things that benefit the community.

Who can I contact?

Follow the library service on social media @ReadingLibrary and Facebook @ReadingLibraries for the latest updates.

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