Librarians are getting ready to re-open the extended Grangetown hub building on Monday.
The library was closed in February 2015 to allow a new community room to be added onto it and the building has been remodelled as a community hub.
The hub is opening again to the public on Monday 11th January, after the finishing touches were completed around Christmas. As well as the usual library service and activities, there will be advice and learning sessions and a coffee shop.
The library hopes to have full details of events and the programme soon. The community room will also be available for use in the evenings.
The good news is, the library will be open again on Fridays, after hours were curtailed last year. It will be open:
- Monday and Tuesday 9am until 6pm
- Wednesday 10am until 7pm
- Thursday & Friday 9am until 6pm
- Saturday 9am until 5.30pm
The library is also looking for volunteers to work with hub users and/or the Communities First team. More than 90 local people registered an interest in helping out during the original hub consultation.
The new services will include benefits and Into Work advice, free-phones to contact council services, as well as Citizens Advice and Communities First. Grangetown Community Action (GCA) will also have a presence.
GCA will no longer be running a permanent office but hopes to have a desk there once a week, as well as holdings meetings there. Grangetown Local History Society will be holding its monthly meetings in the community room.
Cabinet member for community development Councillor Peter Bradbury said: “Grangetown Hub is looking fantastic and I’m delighted that better services are now available in the area, making it easier for people to use those services and get in touch with the council.
“The hubs programme in Cardiff has been extremely successful, they have made a real difference in the areas where they have been developed.
“We’re very grateful to people in Grangetown for their patience while work was being carried out on the hub and services were delivered from alternative locations but I’m sure they will agree that it’s been worth the wait when they see inside the building and start using the services provided from there.”