Wroughton Library – The Future

Wroughton Library – The Future

The Parish Council believes our village library is an essential service for our residents and have put aside some money from the Parish Precept to enable a continued library service in Wroughton. We are working with the Borough Council, our staff and Ward Councillors to finalise a business plan and obtain some transitional funding from the Borough. Our outline plan is to work with the Borough to keep the existing library open for the rest of this year. The library will then close temporarily for refurbishment with space created for a preschool and the Parish Council office. Swindon will be consulting on the preschool proposals in the very near future before a Planning Application is made for the changes to the building. We are working on securing some type of library service, including public access PCs, in our village whilst the main library building is closed. We anticipate the new community led library facility will reopen in the summer of 2018.

If our bid is accepted, the Library will be managed by Wroughton Library Community Trust, which will be made up of 5 Parish Councillors and 3 other people. If you would be interested in being a trustee please let the Parish Office know (email: clerk@wroughton.gov.uk tel: 814735).

Swindon has informed us that April 1st the library will be open at the following times:

  • Monday 13:00 – 17:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 – 15:00
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday 13:00 – 17:00
  • Saturday 10:00 – 13:00

We hope to be able to increase the opening hours once the Community Library service is launched. We will provide regular updates on progress, on the Parish website and through the Parish newsletter and Wroughton Monthly.

Steve Harcourt
Chair – Wroughton Parish Council

Many of you will be aware that Wroughton’s library is one of eleven across Swindon which the Borough Council will not be funding after the end of March this year. They have invited community groups and Parish Councils to bid to run the libraries which will be closing.