Clevedon Library & Community Hub

The reopening of our Clevedon Library at Old Church Road in October is cause for celebration securing its future at the heart of our community for at least the next 10 years.

The library has reopened with improved access, a new community room and one-to-one meeting space, additional computer access and study space, thanks to funding from the Libraries Improvement Fund (LIF) delivered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport and a grant from Clevedon Town Council. This funding recognises the changing use of libraries and enables these trusted community spaces to better serve their communities. Self-service access outside staffed library hours will also be available. 

The Town Council has engaged with over 40 community groups and local organisations in the two years since the pandemic through a survey, online ‘Community Conversations’, in-person workshops and one-to-one discussions. This told us that for Clevedon’s vibrant community to continue to thrive post-Covid – with new challenges of increased costs of living and its impact on our local economy and wellbeing of residents – we need to work better together.  

To start, groups said we need a single ‘one-stop-shop’ of information about Clevedon’s network of community organisations, support services, social groups, workshops and opportunities to get involved and that this needed to be accessible face-to-face as well as online. This information hub also needs to signpost to the variety of local venues providing and hosting activities such as The Barn, Community Centre and Princes Hall, YMCA, Curzon Cinema and local churches. 

Clevedon Town Council and North Somerset Library Services have worked together to create a central public place where residents can browse, learn and study, as well as space for people to access information about ‘what’s on’ across the town, and for groups and advice services that lost their own premises in the town during the pandemic to run groups and meet residents in person. 

Alongside the library improvements, the Town Council Community Hub Project is building a network open to all those running or developing local activities that contribute to Clevedon’s economic and community wellbeing – whether that’s through arts and culture, sports, walks and fitness, our environment, social groups, opportunities to learn, or direct advice and support for residents. 

Our aim is that the newly-refurbished library, the network and this new ‘Community Clevedon’ website will help us to connect, communicate, coordinate, and share for our town to continue to be a great place to live for all.   

Councillor Hannah Young, Clevedon Town Council’s Community Hub Project Lead, said: “The Town Council is delighted to be working in partnership with North Somerset Council’s Library Services team and many local organisations and groups for the library location to become a real hub of local information as well as a place to connect with others, learn and be inspired by our local heritage and community services. We are keen to hear from any individuals or groups that would like to join the growing community hub network or know more.”  

What’s next?  

The Town Council has commissioned Design West (also funded through the Community Hub Project) to undertake a costed study of how the library building and site could be further developed to create a stronger community and cultural hub in the village centre, enable other organisations to co-locate and share the building, and include public garden areas to improve attractiveness and usability of outdoor space. The study aims to secure the long-term sustainability of the Library Services within central Clevedon while also creating a haven for learning, wellbeing, economic advice and support and cultural activity. So far, a number of community groups have been involved in workshops as part of this study. Look out for further updates on the feasibility study for the Clevedon Community Hub Project on this website.

Stakeholder Workshop led by Design West

More information about the facilities at Clevedon Library is available on the Your Library section of this website.

Community Clevedon

We’d to hear your views and ideas on how we can improve services in your community and our new Community Clevedon website.

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DISCOVER CLEVEDON

Visit Discover Clevedon, our sister site, where you can find out about what’s on in your area, local attractions and a rich array of culture attractions and venues.

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