Release date: 26 July 2021
Henfield Library will close its doors for two weeks from Monday 2 August 2021, to allow for repairs to its roof.
The work needs to be undertaken as the library has been experiencing numerous leaks over the past few years.
Work will include removing the roof tiles and the existing damaged membrane (a form of underlay that sits underneath the tiles to prevent damp and mould).
A new breathable membrane will be fitted to allow trapped vapour and condensation to ventilate from the roof and the tiles will be rehung, replacing any which are damaged.
Duncan Crow, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Support and Fire & Rescue, said: “It’s unfortunate that we are having to close one of our 36 libraries for two weeks, especially as they have just gone back to pre-covid opening hours. But this work is entirely necessary to make sure that the building is kept in good condition and so that customers can enjoy the space all year round.
“We ask all our regular Henfield Library visitors to bear with us whilst the work is taking place and I know our staff will be happy to welcome you back when the doors re-open on Monday 16 August.”
Before Henfield Library closes, residents still have the ability to borrow up to 20 items on their library card and no loans from the library will be due back during the two-week closure.
The children’s library Bookbus will also be in the car park next to Henfield library on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 August between 10am and 2pm. Books available from the Bookbus are suitable for children from birth to 11 years old.
Any child wanting to participate in the Wild World Heroes Summer Reading Challenge 2021, produced by The Reading Agency, can also visit the Bookbus on these dates to collect their goody bag, filled with everything they need to take part in the challenge, and choose some books to read.
Online services will still be available by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/elibrary, where library users can download eBooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers, as well as search the catalogue and request books for when the library re-opens.
For anyone still wishing to visit a library during the closure, the nearest County Council Libraries are Steyning or Hurstpierpoint and you can find their opening times by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/findalibrary.