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 centre to replace the old library in Drake Circus.
The move will also help to make way for the £34 million History Centre, which is due to open in 2020.
As well as books, DVDs, free computer access and Wi-Fi the new library offers meeting rooms (including a large room that can be booked by local groups and organisations), a digital and training suite, comfortable seating areas, study spaces, kiosk style café and a roof terrace with views over the city.
There is also a children’s area with a colourful tree centrepiece, seating for rhymetimes and a buggy park.
Design company thedesignconcept have been fitting out the building following a three-month refurbishment by Claremont Interiors.
Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “There are still a few last-minute jobs to do before the new library opens on Tuesday but it is looking fantastic. It’s great to see everything finally come together and to be showing our first guests around the building. I’m sure everyone will be impressed when they see the transformation for themselves next week.”
Councillor Jon Taylor, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Transformation said: “As a co-operative council, we wanted to involve as many people as possible in designing the new library. We took everyone’s comments and suggestions on board to create a library that is fit for the 21st century, right in the heart of the city centre. We’re really looking forward to opening the doors and welcoming our first customers on Tuesday.”
The new library will have slightly revised opening hours, along with our three other main libraries in Plympton, Plymstock and St Budeaux. From Tuesday these will be 8.30am to 6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 8.30am to 8pm on Thursdays and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.
Fun family activities will be held at the library throughout next week to celebrate the grand opening.