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Bewdley LibraryLoad Street, Bewdley
DY12 2EQ

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Library Manager: James Rose

Bewdley Library proposal given majority thumbs up during recent consultation

The results are back on Worcestershire County Council's public consultation about future proposals for Bewdley Library.

The County Council launched a public consultation on August 19 and it ended on Thursday, November 7, 2013.

The consultation was carried out after an opportunity arose to relocate to the new Medical Centre - to be situated in Dog Lane.

A total of 81 per cent of people who took part in the consultation said that they agreed with the County Council's preferred option that would see the library move into a new, purpose built building which offers the opportunity of increased working with other organisations. This option would also provide improved, joined-up services and a vibrant focal point for the local community.

50 per cent of people said they strongly agreed with the proposals, a further 30 per cent agreed and only 14 per cent disagreed. The full results of the survey, which was completed by 173 people, is available by visiting

The other two options were to re-locate to Bewdley Museum or St. George's Hall, or to remain in the existing location which will become increasingly costly to maintain as the building becomes older and in need of even more repair.

Being able to relocate the Library into the Health Centre would enhance the service provision for local people. Potential improvements and benefits to the service from relocating are:

  • Long term sustainability of a Library in Bewdley
  • Access to a wider breadth of public services on one site
  • Possibility of extension to opening hours
  • Access to up to date and well-equipped learning spaces
  • Public toilet provision, including baby changing facilities
  • Tea and coffee facilities

The proposal for the library is dependent on the Health Centre going ahead. If the Health Centre does not go ahead, it may mean that there could be a reduction in opening hours or a mobile library could be another alternative.

The preferred option would be for a 10 year lease initially and the proposal would be that the funding of the lease would be from the sale of the existing site. If planning permission and funding is granted for the new Medical Centre then expected timescales will be for completion in September 2015.

The consultation provided local people the opportunity to give their views on the proposals, with many people taking the opportunity to do so. Comments ranged from 'I agree that Bewdley Library should be incorporated with the health centre as it would help with shared costs' to 'with the Library within the Doctors surgery, it may provide a wider client platform to encourage people to use the library whilst at the surgery.'

One respondent said:

"Bewdley, like all communities needs a library as a central place of learning, cultural and educational development' and another commented: 'Retention of a library in Bewdley is essential for the community. It makes sense to have a number of facilities together. Get the car parking right!"

Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, Councillor Lucy Hodgson, said:

"It was very important that the community had the opportunity to have a say on the future of the library service in Bewdley and I am delighted at how many people came forward during the consultation to say that they would consider being a volunteer."

Councillor John Campion, Worcestershire County Council's Local Member for Bewdley, added:

"I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has taken their time to get in touch or fill in the consultation survey as it is extremely important in the decision making process and the future of our town's library service."

Please download the Bewdley Library Questionnaire - final report (PDF 431 KB) for the full consultation results

Opening Hours

Day Opening Hours
Monday: 9am – 5pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 2pm


To renew items or find library opening times  call the 24/7 automated service on 01905 822722
Use the same number to speak to a Worcestershire Hub Libraries and Learning advisor :
  • Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Library Facilities

Facility Available Facility Available
Wi-Fi wireless networking    Yes Exhibition facilities   Yes 
Meeting room   No

Internet public access terminals

Access for wheelchairs   Yes Public fax   No
Scanner   Yes Photocopying (A4)   Yes
Photocopying (A3)   Yes Public toilets    No 
Disabled toilets   No Baby changing facilities    No 
Self Issue Terminal   Yes  USB Memory Sticks available to buy   Yes
Earphones available to buy   Yes  Reading Glasses available to buy   Yes

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External websites

  • The Hive
    The first fully integrated Public and University Library and so much more – all under one amazing roof.  
  • Worcester Community Showcase 
    A central resource for information about clubs, societies, interest groups, organisations and events in Worcestershire.

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This page was last reviewed 25 March 2014 at 11:35.
The page is next due for review 21 September 2015.