Ilfracombe s new-look library will officially open its doors next week following an ambitious programme of improvements by Devon County Council. Residents are being invited to see the transformation when the library officially opens its doors for busines
Ilfracombe's new-look library will officially open its doors next week following an ambitious programme of improvements by Devon County Council.
Residents are being invited to see the transformation when the library officially opens its doors for business after the bank holiday weekend on Tuesday at 9.30am.
The complete makeover has seen a new improved layout for the library, designed to offer much more flexible use of the space and to expand the use of the building for the local community. It includes new books and self-service kiosks, comfy seats, computers with Internet access, free wi-fi, a new space for young people, new children's furniture and an improved quiet study space.
In addition, once re-opened the Library will no longer close at lunchtimes - remaining open throughout the day from 9.30am to 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5pm on Mondays and Fridays and 1pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Devon County Councillor Stuart Barker, Cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, said: "I am delighted with the transformation of Ilfracombe Library. By improving the layouts and introducing self service kiosks, the library staff will be able to spend time helping people with their enquiries and choices.
"The library looks and feels brighter and more welcoming. It is better equipped to deal with a bigger choice of books and other services to meet the needs of this community.
"I hope that a much wider range of people of all ages will now use this valuable resource, particularly teenagers who often feel that libraries have nothing to offer them."
Local Member for Ilfracombe, Councillor Geoff Fowler said: "This is excellent news for Ilfracombe. Our already busy facility will benefit greatly and I'm sure these new improvements will help the Council's Library Service with their efforts to encourage greater use of this important community asset.
"I would encourage everyone to come and have a look at the fantastic changes and enjoy their new library."
The newly transformed library will welcome its first special guest on Wednesday when Nick Arnold, author of the famous 'Horrible Sciences' series visits to talk about his life and books. Full details of this event can be found at http://www.devon.gov.uk/events_at_ilfracombe.htm
The modernisation is part of the County Council's ï¿½650,000 investment to revolutionise libraries in six towns across Devon, turning them into modern 21st Century libraries.
Ilfracombe has been the third library to undergo the transformation, and will be followed by Kingsbridge, Seaton and Dawlish in coming months. Dartmouth Library was revamped in March, whilst Crediton Library successfully re-opened last month following its refurbishment. Both have been well received by residents.
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