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Long Melford Library still searching for new home as suspension of services in village continues

The suspension of library services in a Suffolk village is set to continue for the foreseeable future, after efforts to find a suitable replacement site proved unsuccessful.

Suffolk Libraries reiterated its commitment to finding a solution to reopen Long Melford Library, which has been shut to the public for the last three months, and apologised for the ongoing disruption.

The branch’s regular activities were forced to stop at short notice after the library’s host venue, the Royal British Legion building in Cordell Road, announced that it was closing down with immediate effect in January.

Long Melford Library. Picture: Mark Westley
Long Melford Library. Picture: Mark Westley

This week, a spokesman for Suffolk Libraries confirmed that it has so far been unable to find an alternative location, but will continue to explore options.

Communications manager James Powell said: “We have since been investigating various options for relocating the library.

“Although discussions are continuing, we haven’t found an ideal solution yet.

“We apologise for the continuing inconvenience and that we are unable to give a more definite update at the moment.

“However, we want to reassure everyone that we are 100 per cent committed to finding a replacement site in Long Melford.

“We can assure customers that we’re exploring every potential option, including the possibility of a temporary pop-up service while we look for a permanent site.

“We’re hugely grateful for all the support and understanding we’ve had from everyone in the area,” he added.

While Long Melford Library is unavailable, people are advised that they can continue to access services at branches in Sudbury, Lavenham and Glemsford, as well as the mobile library that visits Acton, Great Waldingfield and Stanstead each month.

Alternatively, customers who have a valid Suffolk Libraries card can also use the eLibrary service free of charge.

This allows users to access digital eBooks, audiobooks, newspapers, magazines, music and films.