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New look library set to open
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Sidmouth’s new-look library opens its doors to the public at 9am next Wednesday (October 23rd) after major refurbishment and improvement work.
The library will have a flexible layout so that space can be used for a wider variety of purposes and activities at different times.
There will also be improved access for children, young people and their families, including moving the children’s library from the mezzanine floor to the ground floor and creating a more attractive ‘teen zone’.
In addition, there will be a dedicated quiet reading and study area, and the general ambiance of the library will be improved by making it brighter and more welcoming for visitors.
Money has been set aside to purchase new stock for the library, so the choice of books will also be improved and a new layout for the shelving will make the library easier to navigate.
For visitors who can’t wait, a preview afternoon has been arranged for people to drop in between 2pm and 4pm, the day before (Tuesday, October 22nd), and have a look at the new facilities. Refreshments will be available.
Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “This refurbishment will create an improved space with a brighter look and feel which will broaden the library’s appeal not only for existing users but also for the wider community.
“Where we have invested already in our libraries and now provide a wider range of services of interest to local people, library membership figures have risen, and I’m sure this revamp will turn Sidmouth Library into a modern and flexible facility that is fit for the changing needs of the community and that everyone wants to use and can be proud of.”
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s local member for Sidmouth, said: “I’ve been looking forward to seeing the transformation of the library into one fit for the 21st Century, and I'm sure visitor numbers next week will be through the roof with people wanting to see the improvements.
“I’m confident that it will attract even greater usage by people of all ages.”
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