Regent's Park Library to close

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By poppy_smith | Monday, February 25, 2013, 19:27

Regent's Park Library on the Regent's Park estate in Robert St, near Euston, is to be closed.  The council is hailing the closure as a 'transformation' as it will be used to house the Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB) from May 2013.  

As part of the programme to close the council's £83.5m budget gap by 2014, Regent's Park library is scheduled to close at the end of nex month.   According to council research and consultation with library users, some of the services offered by the library were poorly used in comparison with other branches however the services valued by the community have been protected.

The CAB will provide a place that residents can go to for information and advice and a drop-in service will help them get referrals to other agencies.  There will also be access to IT equipment to help people become more confident using computers for filling forms.

Services have been refocused on advice provision and digital inclusion. The CAB will provide a place that residents can go to for information and advice and a drop-in service will help them get referrals to other agencies.  There will also be access to IT equipment with a support worker to help people become more confident using computers in an area with one of the highest levels of digital exclusion in the borough.

There will also be access to IT, internet browsing and help with using computers at West Euston Partnership, with expanded provision available from April. West Euston Time Bank will provide homework clubs for 4-11 year-olds and West Euston Partnership for 12-15 year-olds. These new services are being funded by the Council, reinvesting £25,000 a year saved from Regent's Park library. 

  

Camden Council cabinet member for communities and culture, Councillor Tulip Siddiq, said:

"I'm delighted we've reached an agreement for the CAB to come in to use the building. Their advice services are much needed by residents for help with legal and money issues.

"The lack of funding from national government means that we are facing an £80 million shortfall in our budget. We've had to make some difficult decisions about the services we provide and we've reached an agreement for the CAB to come in to use the building. Their advice services are much needed by residents for help with legal and money issues. I'm pleased that we'll still be able to provide IT services for public use"

Chief Executive of Camden CAB, Jan Knight, said: "We're very excited to be focussing more advice services in the south of the borough whilst maintaining access to CAB advice in the north and west through our sessions in GP Surgeries and High Street bureaux".

      

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