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Cirencester celebrates library re-opening

Posted: 17/10/2008 11:33:41

Cirencester library re-opened its doors to the public on October 13th following a £1million refurbishment.

There was a steady stream of customers on the first morning, who were impressed with the new and improved facilities on offer. These include a colourful ground floor children’s library with storytelling area, an internet café with new broadband PCs, a Nintendo Wii console and easy to use ‘Quick Serve’ terminals.

The latest book releases are on a stand just inside the new entrance with new CDs and DVDs equally easy to access. An extra £100,000 has been spent on updating Cirencester's stock of books and other media.

Cirencester Library staff were on hand this morning and at a preview event last Friday to show customers how to take out and return books, CDs and DVDs using the self service machines.

Cirencester resident Peter Marsh was among the library’s first customers. He said: "The new look library is a big improvement, full of colour and vitality. I am really excited by the new facilities, including the new self service machines."

Cllr Ron Allen, Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Libraries, said: "I’m delighted that the residents of Cirencester can now enjoy the delights of their ‘new’ library, which has been refurbished to such a high standard.
“There's something for all ages here, from the fantastic new children's library to the Nintendo Wii, plasma screens and an internet café with free web access through new broadband PCs. And of course it’s free to borrow books.
“I would encourage everyone to go along and see what the new Cirencester library has to offer. I’m sure the superb new facilities will attract many new members, which is something else to celebrate in this, the National Year of Reading.”
There is 25% more room in the new library, as well as improved access and facilities for disabled people and parents, including a buggy park and baby changing area. Comfortable sofas and chairs dotted around the library add to the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.

County councillor for Cirencester, Cllr Roger Brown, said: "I went along to the preview event on Friday and I was hugely impressed with the architecture and the facilities, particularly the self service machines.
“They are so easy to use and free up the staff to answer queries. The prompts are even available in Polish and Chinese. The entire refurbishment has been geared towards making the library more accessible to everyone and I think that is so important.
“Upstairs seems to have doubled in size, and that means there is more room for more shelving and, therefore, even more books. I’m already looking forward to going back.”
Cllr Deryck Nash, county councillor for Cirencester, said: "Gone are the days when libraries were stuffy places designed only for study or reading in silence. This new library has superb new facilities that will appeal to all ages and it will provide a truly vibrant experience in the heart of our thriving market town.
“As a trustee of the Daniel Bingham Trust as well as a county councillor, I am sure that the benefactor of the original library would be proud of this new facility.”

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