Library Users Group Make First Tour Of New Building

New library under construction at Porthcressa

The library users group have had their first tour of the new building at Porthcressa.

Five members of the group, representing users and staff, inspected the site and began planning the final layout during their visit last Thursday.

Librarian Kirsty Graham said the building is nearly complete with just final decoration and carpet laying still to take place. It’s hoped they’ll be able to move in early in the New Year.

Kirsty says the group were very impressed with the new library and excited by the changes taking place. These include a new electronic book tracking and catalogue system which means it will be easier to order books and overdue notices will be sent out automatically by email.

It’ll also allow her to see which books are less popular so the stock can be controlled.

The larger footprint of the library, split over two floors, means they’ll be increasing the books stocked by around 500, from the current 5,000 titles.

And Kirsty is keen to see the library act as a venue for community events, such as children’s story-telling sessions, homework clubs and book readings. She says there’ll be a seating area, with desks and sofas, as well as tea and coffee facilities and two internet-connected computers.

Kirsty also sent out a request to users. The library needs to do a stock take of all their books before the move, so they’re having an ‘amnesty.’ Anyone with outstanding books on loan, particularly children’s books, is being asked to bring them back before the end of November.

An opening event for the new library is being planned.


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