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Oakengates Library to relocate while theatre is redeveloped

Oakengates Library is preparing to move to a temporary location while work takes place on the town's theatre.

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The library will instead be based at The Wakes, close to its current location.

The library will close its doors at Oakengates Theatre on Monday, March 25, and reopen at The Wakes on Thursday, April 4.

Operating hours for Oakengates Library at its new home will be between 10am and 4pm Thursdays and Fridays and 10am and 2pm on Saturdays.

From the end of July, the opening hours will be 10am to 4pm Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays.

As part of the move, a council service phone, self-scan service machine, and two free-to-use computers will be transferred, along with a large selection of books.

Additionally, the library will be staffed ready to assist service users with book and audio book rentals, and sourcing materials from other libraries across the borough.

The temporary relocation is necessary due to forthcoming remodelling works at Telford Theatre, the library’s current location.

“The temporary relocation of Oakengates Library to The Wakes demonstrates our commitment to ensuring uninterrupted access to vital services for our residents,” said Councillor Nathan England, Telford & Wrekin Council's cabinet member for finance, customer services and governance.

“While the library undergoes this transition, we are dedicated to providing continuity of service for community library users.”

“The remodelling of our theatre is an exciting step forward for Oakengates and for Telford and Wrekin,” said Councillor Lee Carter.

He added: “Not only will it enable us to expand the range of shows and events for residents to enjoy, but it will also contribute to boosting Oakengates creating a modern new space for residents and visitors alike.”

Councillor Stephen Reynolds, mayor of Oakengates, said: "As we temporarily relocate Oakengates Library to The Wakes, we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing ongoing access to vital services for our residents. This move ensures that our community members can continue to benefit from library resources and assistance without disruption."

The remodelling of Telford Theatre, supported by the Central Government Levelling Up Fund, will bring about a comprehensive rebuild, remodel, and expansion of the venue. This includes a new modern entrance, an upgraded auditorium and studio theatre, a community art room, additional toilets, and improved front and back of house areas, ensuring a contemporary theatre experience for Oakengates and its residents.

Meanwhile, Oakengates Theatre Square adjacent to Telford Theatre will also undergo transformation, updating the 1960s shopping precinct with new shops, Nuplace homes, and a new market and event space.

For more information about the Telford Theatre remodelling project, visit