Nottingham Central Library is set to be sold to a property developer who is planning to convert the library into new offices.
Nottingham’s Central Library is to be sold to property developers Henry Boot Developments Ltd during a period of major transition in Nottingham’s city centre.
The site is set to expanded from a 30,000 sq ft space to a 120,000 sq ft office space.
However, despite the library being sold, there has been no decision regarding whether the library will remain in the same location and become incorporated into the office block or whether the library will move to a different location.
Nottingham City Council has said it is too early to speculate what will happen to the books and archive material.
“One which reflects Nottingham as a go-ahead, multi-cultural city”
Granville, library information advisor
Library Information Advisor, Granville, believes that despite the closure, he is optimistic about the opening of a brand new library.
Staff member Granville voices his opinion on the library closure
Despite optimism about a new library opening in Nottingham, there are some who have been left disappointed with the news of the closure.
The people of Nottingham reflect on the closure of the library
The main reason for the development is the shortage of “Grade A” offices in Nottingham and council leader Jon Collins believes the development is a chance to make Nottingham a more attractive city centre.
“The sale of this site is another move toward a better city centre in Nottingham, with top end, attractive office space,” he said.
The decision to close the library could be reconsidered if any valid reasons as to why it should not be close are brought forward by 17 November 2016.