Christchurch Library and Learning Centre opens0
Christchurch Library and Learning Centre has opened its doors to the public after its £2 million makeover.
This follows nearly a year of extensive renovation and building work to provide an extended, modern and more comfortable building and to make better use of its space.
The work to the library has included an extension and refurbishment of the existing library building. The library is on the ground floor with adult learning and community rooms on the first and second floors. The new lift and stairs make all floors to the building accessible for the public.
With an increase of 60 per cent more space than before, the library now offers;
an improved choice of books with an increase in the number of books available
better facilities for children, families and young people with more space for activities
an attractive and comfortable environment to enjoy reading, browsing and studying
the continued provision of computers and the introduction of free wi-fi
five community meeting rooms for hire
fully accessible toilets including baby changing facilities
Dorset Adult Learning will be re-locating to the building and offering classes from this new location from September. The current base in Bargates will close. Incorporating adult learning facilities into the same building provides a one-stop venue for learning and reading in the heart of the town centre.
The Sight and Sound Centre will also be located in the building from early June. The service is provided by Dorset County Council Sight and Hearing Team and offers impartial advice and information on sight or hearing loss for members of the public and an opportunity to try out examples of equipment which promote independence and safety.
The official opening ceremony of the new Christchurch Library and Learning Centre will take place on 1 June.