Council proposes reduction in opening hours at Whitley library

Reading Borough Council (RBC) proposes to reduce the opening hours at Whitley Library from 21 to 18 hours per week as part of a package to save £217,000 by reducing costs across Reading’s libraries.

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South Reading community hub takes shape on Northumberland Avenue

WCDA, RBC and Beard Construction at the South Reading Community Centre, December 2017

Reading Borough Council (RBC) is transforming the South Reading Community Centre on Northumberland Avenue into a ‘community hub’ that will include a library, children’s centre and meeting spaces together with the existing Whitley Social Club and Café.

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Whitley Library: the architecture of hope

Whitley library

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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