Shaping North Ayrshire process
The library is currently used for all sorts of things, not just borrowing books and I wonder if Vikingar can facilitate all of them comfortably.or practically. I.e. Writing group, use of computers, kids story time, Citizens Advice etc.
Libraries are important, they should be easily accessible for all people. Not everybody has a car, and walking all the way to Vikingar, especially with books to carry isn‘t possible for everyone. All the other activities that are going on will also be harder to reach, and taking taxis all the time is too expensive! Please leave the library where it is!
The library is the heart of the community and should be located in the heart of the town. A large number of people who use it, especially for group activities are elderly or parents/careers with babies or toddlers. The use of these facilities should be made easier not more difficult. The move would increase the social isolation for the most vulnerable.
Environmentally it would encourage greater use of private cars.
A detailed plan of where the library would fit into the Vikingar building should be published before any final decision is taken. That may prove that what the Council is proposing will not work and this should be settled before the existing building is earmarked for sale.
The library is a huge benefit to the community, and I would hope that the facilities wouldn't be in any way compromised through the move. I regularly use the library for taking books out, internet, printing, and have in the past used the meeting rooms for community consultations. It would be a real shame if any of these facilities would be threatened. I think that whilst it is further out of the town centre, being on the main road means that the buses could be used whereas where it is at the moment, it requires a longer walk.
I think it would be a positive move for the library to relocate in the Vikingar. The current building is too small and not fit for purpose. The underfloor heating is far too costly and the building heats up too much in the summer. It is not fit for purpose. Also there is no separate screened children's area. A large number of users live in all parts of the town and not just within the local 5 min area contrary to popular belief. Time for a rebrand and a change to the better.