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Broad range of services now open at The Paulton Library Community Hub

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: April 18, 2013

From left, Marion Wild, Paulton Parish Councillor; Judy Terry, Paulton Library Manager; Councillor Liz Hardman, and Les Wild, Chair of Paulton Parish Council; left, Councillor David Dixon

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The Paulton Library Community Hub has opened its doors to welcome residents to the new facility offering much more than just book loans.

A coffee bar, free wi-fi and a meeting room completes the hub which is nestled alongside the existing shops at Hill Court.

The old library was staffed for only 14 hours a week but by using a combination of existing staff, self-service machines and support from 70 volunteers the new one will be able to stay open for five-and-a-half days.

It will also provide the opportunity for other organisations to deliver their services in an accessible, central location.

Bath and North East Somerset Council is hoping that the facility will help regenerate the village shopping centre.

Councillor Liz Hardman (Lab, Paulton) said it is good news for Paulton, adding: "It will regenerate the centre and heart of the village, by providing a spanking new, beautifully furnished library, with internet access.

" There will be a cafe for the first time in years, providing light snacks and drinks and a meeting room with an interactive white board for groups to meet."

There are also plans to have a computer learning group for residents left behind by the digital age, a reading group and regular visits from representatives for the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Councillor David Dixon (Lib-Dem, Oldfield), cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said the hub was an exciting project where members of the Paulton community could develop, deliver and access the services that they want.

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