The new Whitley Library opens its doors

The new Whitley Library, in the South Reading Community Hub on Northumberland Avenue, opened its doors to the public on Tuesday 19 June, after a six month Reading Borough Council (RBC) project to improve the building.

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Consultation on further cuts to Reading libraries

Reading Borough Council (RBC) are proposing cuts to Reading libraries that will save £220,000 per year. This includes a further reduction in library opening hours. You can make your views known during the consultation process which ends on 21 March 2018.

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Whitley Library: the architecture of hope

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Whitley library was built in 1935 in the classical and confident municipal style of the time, and is a stand-alone building in smart red brick, with a lovely scrolled Bath stone cartouche at the top with “LIBRARY” written on it. It stands on Northumberland Avenue next to a roundabout at the heart of south Reading. There is a very similar library building in Palmer Park and the style does seem to project a pride in civic life, education and the burgeoning welfare state with that glorious dawn of the National Health Service just a war away.

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