New chapter as library reopens in temporary home

Mayor ''Councillor Ken Richardson
Mayor ''Councillor Ken Richardson
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A new chapter is beginning at Barnsley’s Central Library – as it opens in a temporary home.

Mayor of Barnsley Coun Ken Richardson will officially reopen the library in its new temporary home at Wellington House, on Wellington Street, on Thursday, May 15, at 10.30am - an hour after it opens to the public.

The building, known to many residents as the former home of the council’s Adults Social Services, has been transformed into a vibrant open plan contemporary library.

Visitors will be able to use the same facilities they enjoyed at the former Shambles Street site, including the library’s main collection, children’s area, fixed iPad station, tourism information touchscreen and café.

The first floor will host the library’s non-fiction collection, public computers as well as providing a quiet place for people to study. There will be free Wi-Fi.

There will also be two rooms available for the library’s groups to use and for community groups to hire.

Library staff will be refreshing the books on display regularly and people will be able to check out or return books using the self-service terminals on both floors.

There will also be more staff on hand to help with queries or suggestions for reading choices.

And the library will continue to offer a diverse programme of events and activities throughout the year.

Central Library will also provide a further access point for people with a council enquiry, and freephone phones.