Improvement works at library during two-week closure

Gloucestershire County Council Press Release – 10 January 2022

Cheltenham Library is set to close for two weeks later this month while work takes place to improve facilities for customers.

It will be shut from Monday 31 January until Saturday 12 February inclusively, so work to integrate the Local and Family History department into the main library can be carried out.

That section is currently based upstairs above the children’s library, which is situated behind the main library.

It will provide improved access to the popular Family History section and will also mean work can begin on creating a new Innovation Lab in the old Local and Family History section of the library, which is due to open later this year.

Innovation Labs are currently available at Coleford and Gloucester libraries, offering the latest digital design equipment and technical expertise to boost skills and support employment, and Cheltenham will become the latest library to benefit.

The two-week closure will also allow work to start on the refurbishment of the public toilets at Cheltenham Library.

The library will also be closed on Wednesday 26 January from 1pm to 7pm to allow for a safety inspection of the stonework above and around the front entrance.

The following services will be available during the two-week closure:

  • Click and collect – simply search the online catalogue, find the items you wish to borrow and reserve them. When the item(s) arrive, you will receive an email asking you to select a time slot for collection and you can pick them up from the children’s library
  • Off the shelf (we select you collect) – complete an online form stating the type of books or other items you would like and staff then select on your behalf from the stock held. You will then receive an email asking you to choose a time slot for collection from the children’s library
  • Limited PC access in the children’s library – please book in advance

To access the ‘click and collect’ and ‘off the shelf’ services go to

To book a PC please go to

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries, said: “This closure will allow us to undertake wide-ranging improvements at Cheltenham Library so I’m very grateful for everyone’s patience while this is carried out.

“The work will give people better access to the Family History section, allow work to start on a new Innovation Lab and the refurbishment of public toilets so it will be well worth it.”