Published on

17 June 2024

A fantastic new chapter for Twyford as new library opens

The new library breathes life into a local historic landmark and brings it back into community use

New Twyford Library extension with exposed Victorian brickwork linking through to the main hall

Twyford is set to top everyone’s summer reading lists following the opening of the new Library last Thursday (13 June).

This fantastic new community space is set to prove a local favourite, offering space for people to relax and read, study, browse resources and access services including free internet. The new library is also equipped with a specially designed children’s library which includes fun nook seating and storage. 

Children's reading area in the new Twyford Library


The library has been designed with flexibility in mind, with furniture which can be moved around to help accommodate different events and activities as people use the space. Colours and materials have been chosen to create a welcoming and calming space for all, reflecting feedback the council received from user groups about creating inclusive spaces when designing other new libraries in the borough.

Based in the Grade II listed Old Polehampton Boy’s School, on Polehampton Close, the new library offers a bright space which incorporates historical features including high ceilings, large panelled windows and areas of exposed decorative brickwork. The new modern extension helps connect the historic main hall with a new accessible entrance and an outdoor courtyard area with seating and planting beds.

Over the coming months the library service hopes to work with local organisations to start turning the space outside the library into a lovely garden area where people will be able to relax when the weather is nice.

When to visit the new library

Main hall in the new Twyford Library


The new Library continues to operate the usual hours of:

  • Monday - 2pm to 5pm
  • Tuesday - 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday - closed
  • Thursday - 2pm to 5pm
  • Friday - 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Saturday - 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Sunday - closed

The new library will also be hosting a Wokingham Borough Community Vision drop-in session on Friday 21 June, 2pm to 5pm. Residents will be able to come along during this time to find out more about the Vision, ask questions, and share their feedback in person.  

You can find out more about joining Wokingham Borough libraries and the range of events held in libraries across the borough on the council’s website.

Following the move visitors will no longer be able to access services from the old library building. The council will be considering a number of options for the old building over the coming months as part of its ongoing asset review.

Get involved

The library service is also keen to get the community involved with their local library and would love to hear from residents interested in volunteering at their local library or in supporting services like delivering books to residents who are unable to go to the library in person, or helping to run events like book groups or talks. Anyone interested in getting involved can contact the service at

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