Wendover Library Expansion

Buckinghamshire Libraries received approximately £500,000 funding to transform Wendover Community Library into an inclusive, multi-use community hub that offers a single point of contact for local services. £310,000 of funding came from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) via the Arts Council England Libraries Improvement Fund (LIF). In addition to the Arts Council England funding, Buckinghamshire Council has agreed £120,000 of investment. Together with several smaller grants and contributions – including from Wendover Parish Council and Wendover Community Library Trust.

The new library will provide:

  • More flexible spaces by extending into the courtyard and having an additional meeting room.
  • Visually aesthetic glass entrance to increase visibility and access
  • Art installation informed by the community
  • Additional accessibility with a sensory children’s library and a dementia-friendly design
  • New self-service digital technology to increase access outside of core hours
  • Sustainability in terms of energy efficiency and having a future-proofed model.

The new library will be a community hub facilitating a range of social, educational, health and cultural activities that promote community cohesion and wellbeing, meeting the needs of hard-to-reach groups. It will provide a service which drives equality, diversity and inclusion for current users and new users.

We want to hear from you, so please get involved and help shape the transformation of Wendover Library.

We will be running engagement days where you’ll be able to find out more, provide feedback on proposed designs and meet the project team with representatives from Buckinghamshire Libraries and Wendover Community Trust. These will be held at Wendover Library, High St, Wendover, Aylesbury HP22 6DU on:
Thursday 15 September 2022, 9:30am-5pm
Saturday 22 October 2022, 10am-4pm

We are also seeking an artist(s) who will be able to use a distinctive aspect of Wendover’s identity or heritage to create an installation that complements the architecture of the library building. The artist brief will be released on 30 August 2022. This will be advertised on https://www.artsjobs.org.uk/artsjobshome/.

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