Libraries to re-open after improvements

A NUMBER of Derbyshire County Council libraries, including Duffield and Alfreton, are about to reopen following improvement works.

The authority is carrying out major refurbishments at Duffield and Whaley Bridge libraries while Matlock Library is having a self-service terminal and new counter installed.

Clay Cross and Alfreton have new shelving while Gamesley has a new counter and lighting. Clowne Library is also undergoing some minor improvements.

Touch-screen, self-service terminals are being added to three libraries, bringing the total number of libraries in Derbyshire with self-service to 15.

Derbyshire County Council leader and cabinet member for culture Councillor Andrew Lewer thanked library users for their patience while the work was carried out.

He said: “I am pleased we have been able to invest in our libraries which will benefit our users.

“Libraries are an important part of our community and it is important they are warm and welcoming.

“I hope people will come and see what is new, particularly those who have not been in a library for a while. They might be surprised. All 45 of Derbyshire County Council’s libraries have computers with access to the internet and books can be reserved from anywhere in the county.”

Details of the reopenings are as follows: Duffield Library, Wirksworth Close: Reopens on Friday, March 23, at 9.30am after a three-week closure. New shelving and carpets put in; Whaley Bridge, Market Street: Reopens on Monday, April 2, at 2pm following a three-week temporary closure. New counter and shelving installed; Clay Cross Library, Holmgate Road: Reopens on Monday, March 26 at 9.30am after being closed for three weeks to have new shelves put in; Alfreton Library, Severn Square: Reopens on Thursday, March 22, at 9am after a three-day closure to install new shelving; Gamesley Library, Grindleford Grove: Now reopen with a new counter and lighting; Clowne Library, Recreation Close. Now reopen with some new shelving.