Category Archives : Jon Taylor


New chapter for Central Library

Youngsters from the Cathedral School of St Mary were given a special sneak peek at Plymouth’s new Central Library today, ahead of its opening next week. The new library, which opens its doors to the public at 8.30am on Tuesday 29 March, provides a more modern and flexible space in the heart of the city […]

One of the children from Cathedral School of St Mary getting a special sneak peek at the new Central Library

Plympton Library in line for major award

Plympton Library has been shortlisted for one of the country’s major publishing gongs, the British Book Industry Awards. The commitment and enthusiasm of the library’s staff has been recognised in the award that celebrates the greatness of the British book trade and the people behind it. They have been going the extra mile to put […]


New home, new opening hours for Central Library

Plymouth’s Central Library will have new opening hours when it arrives in its new home at the end of the month. The library is moving from Drake Circus to Armada Way, to make way for the £32 million History Centre and provide a more modern and accessible facility. The current library will close at 8pm […]


Kindles are just the ticket for National Libraries Day competition winners

Two lucky Plymouth residents have won Kindle Fires following this year’s National Libraries Day celebrations. Sara Edwards from Devonport was presented with her prize after finding a golden ticket hidden in one of the many free books distributed across the city by library staff. Another Kindle Fire was won by Christine Browning from Plympton, who […]


Plymouth celebrates National Libraries Day

It’s National Libraries Day on Saturday 6 February and we’re celebrating with a programme of free events to show off what’s on offer at your local library. Gadget help, computer coding, family history and rhymetimes are just some of the activities taking place in libraries across the city. North Prospect Library is hosting its first teddy […]


First look inside Plymouth’s new Central Library

The design company working on the fit-out of Plymouth’s new Central Library have released images showing what the interior will look like. thedesignconcept have been working with us and Claremont Interiors, who are refurbishing the building, to create a more modern and flexible space in the heart of the city centre. Located on the corner […]


Starter Homes given the greenlight in Plymouth

Plans to demolish a derelict eyesore building to make way for new housing have moved a step closer. The former Whitleigh Community Centre, which has been disused for the past seven years and subject to vandalism, will be knocked down to prepare the groundwork for 27 new starter homes. An Executive Decision was signed by […]


Love life at your library this January

Do you want to find out how you can improve your health and wellbeing? Plymouth City Council’s libraries are holding a month-long programme of free health and wellbeing activities to help you feel healthier and happier and make a great start to 2016. The events are being held in partnership with Livewell South West. The […]


Children from the Code Club

Libraries get children coding

Our libraries service has been helping to create the next generation of computer programmers. The Code Club meets weekly in the Central Library and members, aged nine to 11, have been learning how to program by making computer games and animations using Scratch, a basic visual programming language. The children were presented with certificates at […]


Design company appointed for new Central Library

We’ve appointed the interior design company that will fit out the city’s new Central Library. thedesignconcept has extensive experience in designing libraries in the UK and in Europe, with Greenwich Public Library, St Patrick’s College Library in Dublin and the library at Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark among its recent projects. Awarding the contract is the latest […]


Refurbishment work starts at new Central Library

Work to create a new Central Library in the heart of Plymouth’s city centre is now under way. Vacant retail and bank units on the corner of Armada Way and Mayflower Street are being converted to create a more modern, flexible and welcoming library that will replace the one in Drake Circus. As well as […]


Naval collection on the move

Plymouth Central Library’s extensive naval history collection is moving to Devonport Library this weekend. The collection includes books, images, journals and other artefacts and provides a fascinating background to the history of the Royal Navy in Plymouth. It is moving to Devonport ahead of the relocation of the Central Library and eventually being homed in […]


Get online in Plymouth libraries

Plymouth City Council libraries are celebrating Get Online Week (12 to 18 October) with a number of free courses showing people how the internet can help make life easier. Total beginners can learn mouse and keyboard skills and find out how to navigate a website at the Central Library on Thursday 15 October. Other drop-in […]


Plans for new Central Library move forward

Plans for a new central library in the heart of Plymouth city centre have take a step forward following approval of a contract to refurbish former shops in Armada Way. The new Central Library will replace the current library in North Hill, making way for the £25 million History Centre which is due to open […]


Council launches extended opening hours for customers

Plymouth residents will be able to speak to the Council and make bookings, requests and payments at more convenient times from Monday (21st September). ​ Opening times are being extended in the Council’s four biggest libraries, its customer contact centre, the 1st Stop Shop in New George Street and the Register Office.​ They will all […]


New Housing Benefit campaign tackles the Elephant in the Room

  Plymouth City Council is launching an awareness campaign to remind people to inform them of any changes in circumstances for housing benefits. The ‘It’s great to be up to date’ campaign – which has been grant funded by the Department of Work and Pensions – aims to encourage more people to come forward and […]


Still time to sign up for Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge

More than 3,000 children in Plymouth have signed up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge so far – and there’s still time to join in. Organised by The Reading Agency in partnership with local libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge encourages four to 11-year-olds to read six or more library books or eBooks during the school summer […]


Have your say on the new Central Library

Plymouth City Council has published plans for the layout of the new Central Library and is asking people to give feedback. Earlier in the year the Council announced plans to move the Central Library from North Hill to Taylor Maxwell House on Mayflower Street and revealed plans to co-design the interior of the space with […]