Library about to open new chapter for community
STAPLEFORD Library is set to reopen after a £800,000 refurbishment.
The building, in Church Street, Stapleford, has been closed since April but when it reopens on Monday, the public will benefit from new furniture, carpets, lighting and heating, plus an investment in the book stock.
Gill Rockett, area librarian for South Broxtowe, said:
“This is going to be a state-of-the-art library when it re-opens. A lot of hard work has been done and its an investment for the future.
“Everyone involved in the project is proud of the work that has taken place. It is going to be the best thing in Stapleford because there’s a lot of new stock, activities and wi-fi available to the public.”
Since April, Stapleford’s library service has operated from the Carnegie Civic and Community Centre, in Warren Avenue.
An official re-opening of the Church Street building takes place on Saturday, November 30, at 10am, followed by a family fun day featuring poetry readings.
The refurbishment was carried out by Nottinghamshire County Council.
Councillor John Knight, culture committee chairman, said:
“Were looking forward to celebrating with the community when the new-look library opens at the end of November.
“We want to thank the local community for their patience while the works have been going on and hope they have enjoyed being based within the Carnegie Civic and Community Centre over recent months. We also are very grateful to Stapleford Town Council for its support.”
The temporary base at the Carnegie Centre has been a return to the past for the library.
The centre is the home of Stapleford Town Council, which took on the Warren Avenue site in 1988.
The Carnegie Trust allowed a Carnegie Free Library to be built in 1906 and this operated until 1981.
A town council spokesman said:
“Stapleford Town Council was delighted to house the Express Library and it was really nostalgic for a lot of residents to revisit the library in the Carnegie Centre.
“Councillors are looking forward to visiting the refurbished Stapleford Library and the upgraded facilities being provided at these premises.”