LINLITHGOW library could become part of a new partnership centre based at the town’s County Buildings.
Proposals for the community one-stop-shop, discussed at Linlithgow’s local area committee included relocating the children and young people’s library area in the front part of the County Buildings with a focus on activities and interactive media and the adult library would take up the rest of the ground floor.
The local history library, currently in the main reception area, would relocate to the Dalyell Suite on the first floor, which would be designed with dedicated research space, and areas for study and museum displays. The library, which is the second busiest in West Lothian, would have a revamped modern feel with public access PCs. And West Lothian will be pilot the use of e-books from late summer 2013.
The library and customer information service would be integrated with a single staff team able to answer all customer inquiries, deal with registration of births and deaths and act as a reception for the building. The payment office would be removed, toilet facilities upgraded and a new passenger lift installed between the ground and first floor.
Once vacated, the existing library at The Vennel could be let out as retail units estimated to bring in over £40,000 a year for the council, the County Buildings annexe could be used as decant accommodation during building works and afterwards it would be sold.
Consultation on the proposals will now take place with results reported to the council executive on November 27.