Latest information on Hove Library
A meeting of the Council's Policy, Resources and Growth Committee on 9 June decided not to approve the plan to sell the Hove Library building and relocate the Library to the Hove Museum building. The library will be retained at the current Carnegie building for 2017/18. We are very pleased to hear this. Council Officers will prepare a new report with options for the Hove Library and Museum buildings and for the savings plan.
The Council wanted to move Hove Library to the Hove Museum building on Church Road to improve service delivery by sharing the building to cut costs. Alas it is difficult to cut costs and improve service delivery at the same time, and we felt there are risks in rushing into this. Two much loved services could be squashed into a building which isn’t really suitable and another rethink might be needed in a few years’ time, involving yet more expense. This plan has now been shelved following a meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee, where objections to the closure of the Library building were made and the costs of its maintenance questioned.
We believe there may be several viable options which may include keeping the grade 2 listed Hove Library as a public building. We will keep this page updated with news on this matter as it develops.
Meanwhile, trustee David Robson has written about the history of Hove Public Library.
<<Read about the history of Hove Public Library
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