June 19, 2024
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By Oliver Leonard

After the historic centre of a town was shut down due to damage caused by water, a temporary library has been introduced.

The Shepway Youth Club will be the new location for people to get books and access other services after the closure of the building, which is 135 years old, located in Grace Hill in Folkestone in December.

Kent County Council confirmed that the new site, which is also located in Grace Hill and not too far from it, will be available to people starting Monday, 20 November.

Visitors will have access to a large part of Folkestone’s local history, as well as public computers and free Wi-Fi. There is also a microfilm viewer, photocopier, and an accessible computer.

The Kent Library stock will no longer be physically available for browsing and borrowing, but the Kent building will allow customers to pick up and return books and other items.

Clair Bell is KCC cabinet member responsible for Community and Regulatory Services. She said, “I’m really happy to announce Folkestone Library Heritage and Digital Access.

This temporary measure will allow customers to access many important services that they have been missing.

A permanent library in the town center is also being considered by the county council.

Cllr Bell said: “We are continuing to look at all options in the long term to see a permanent library reopened for Folkestone’s town centre.

While the work is ongoing, I do hope that everyone will be able to enjoy the Heritage and Digital Access Facility.

Since water has entered the building, causing flooding and unsafe conditions.

After the announcement of the closing of the building was received with anger, dozens of protesters marched on the street in March.

Nesting seagulls caused some of the damages that forced the closure in May.

KCC also says that it “will continue to provide full library service from alternative libraries nearer, together with extended hours of opening at Wood Avenue Library and Hythe Libraries”.

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