Council begins work on Sandal Library

​Date: 09/12/14

Refurbishment work is set to begin at Sandal Library which is run by the Council.

The library, which temporarily closes on Saturday December 13 for three months, will become the first dementia friendly library in the district.

The project, in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society, will include a new layout with furniture and fittings, a reminiscence area and a collection of books on dementia advice and information, all specifically chosen to help remove barriers for those suffering from dementia.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "I am pleased to announce that Sandal is the latest library to be comprehensively refurbished and redesigned.

"As well as work to ensure the long term sustainability of the building, the design will incorporate features intended to be dementia friendly, following some great partnership work with the Alzheimer's Society.

"When completed the library will help and support all residents including those who suffer from dementia and make sure they have access to improved library facilities in the Sandal area."

Further improvement work will take place in the building including complete internal and external redecoration, lighting and new carpeting as well as the introduction of a new self-service machine for taking out and returning library books.

During the period the Library remains closed, the Council is providing additional services including a mobile library being parked outside the building for the duration of the refurbishment, starting on Wednesday December 17. The mobile library will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9am-1pm, Tuesdays from 1pm – 5pm and Fridays from 9am – 4pm.

A range of books will be available on loan from the mobile library as well as support from staff on hand. Home visits can also be requested if required. Residents who require computer access are being urged to use facilities at Wakefield Library at Burton Street, Wakefield.

Books can also be renewed by calling any other local library, or via the Council website. For more information visit