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Woodside Library to reopen after £2.3million revamp

The grand building is one of city's Carnegie libraries

A community library is to reopen full-time after a £2.3 million refurbishment.

Woodside is one of Glasgow’s famous Carnegie libraries.

It will reopen on March 28 for the first time since the pandemic began.

The grand opening was confirmed by Glasgow Life, the council-backed charity that runs the city’s leisure venues.

The library features new study areas and a colourful woodland-themed children’s area.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “We know how much the people of Glasgow value their local libraries which is why we have invested more than £2million into improving this vital community asset, thanks to funding from Glasgow City Council.

“Many of the important, architectural features of the building have been carefully restored while the internal spaces have been modernised to ensure they can provide services that library customers require, including reading and literacy support, bookable space for community activities, individual study spaces and free, public access Wi-Fi.

'Improvements'

“All of the improvement works at Woodside Library were developed in consultation with the local community, and local primary school pupils, to ensure that the library remains a key community facility for years to come.”

Pupils from Oakgrove and St Joseph’s primary schools helped shape the junior book selection
Pupils from Oakgrove and St Joseph’s primary schools helped shape the junior book selection

Pupils from Oakgrove and St Joseph’s Primary Schools helped to shape the junior book selection by voting for their favourite titles.

Primary Five pupil Thomas, from St Joseph’s Primary School, said: “The library gives you lots of opportunities to come and relax after school and spend your time reading books. It’s got really cool places to read and lots of good books.”

Tina, from Primary Five at Oakgrove Primary School, added: “It’s like a castle. A castle full of books.”

Woodside Library has served the people of the city since 1905.

 

All of the improvement works at Woodside Library were developed in consultation with the local community, and local primary school pupils, to ensure that the library remains a key community facility for years to come.

Cllr Susan Aitken

 

Before the pandemic, sections of the library were temporarily closed due to safety concerns with some of the original architectural features, including the glazed dome.

In March 2020, like all public buildings, Woodside Library was forced to close in response to the Covid 19 pandemic.

A number of city libraries remained closed when lockdown lifted last year.

Communities including Whiteinch and Maryhill protested over their closure and money was eventually found to reopen them this year.

Woodside Library has served the people of the city since 1905.
Woodside Library has served the people of the city since 1905.

Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated money to Glasgow that paid for more than a dozen libraries in the city.

Ten buildings remain seven of which are still functioning libraries.

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