The library will move from its current home in Lansdown, to benefit from a more centralised town centre location and a modern, energy efficient building.
Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The relocation of Stroud Library to the heart of the town centre is exciting for the whole community. Everyone can benefit from the many fantastic services available including latest digital technology and a comprehensive range of books and other items to borrow, and the central location will attract and enable extra visitors.
“The new-look Stroud Library will be a state-of-the-art facility, meeting the needs of the whole community whilst being more environmentally friendly, as parts of the centre are powered using solar energy and electric vehicle charging is available at the site.”
All Code Clubs, Storytimes and Baby Bounce and Rhyme classes will be relocated to the new building with better accessibility and parking provision. The new library will also enable access to a range of resources through the Library Lab which will include micro computing kits, 3D printers, scanners and software, Virtual Reality sets and a laser cutter. Library visitors will also have access to computers, printing and scanning facilities and free Wi-Fi.
Craig Crowther, Contracts Manager at E G Carter & Co Ltd said “We are excited to start work on the new Stroud Library, not only will the fit out create a modern space it will also bring a new sense of community to the centre.”
Managing Director for Dransfield Properties, James Shepherd, said: “It’s a major milestone in our regeneration work in Stroud to see this key building on King Street complete and the last of our tenants fitting out and very soon taking occupancy.
“As well as providing a stunning piece of architecture for the town the building has allowed for the consolidation and expansion of a number of public services that are now more accessible to the community.”
The library will bring increased footfall to this part of the town centre, providing a boost to the local retail and hospitality businesses.
The new library will be complete Summer 2023.