Redcar and Cleveland Council has started a new chapter for Brotton Library, opening the doors to its new home in the new Freebrough Specialist Engineering College.
The College, which opens tomorrow (Tuesday, January 9) for its first day, incorporates the library as a shared school and community facility, with a separate entrance for public access.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism Councillor Dave Fitzpatrick said: “We are confident that the library users will be delighted with their fantastic new library. We hope people will come along and see for themselves what a tremendous improvement it is.”
Over £8,000 has been spent on new adult and junior books including an additional 526 non-fiction books and 842 fiction books to join the libraries existing stock.
The new site offers an improved layout with easier access for people with mobility difficulties, a disabled toilet and baby change facilities.
The new library has something for everyone – books for both adults and children, including large print and talking books, DVDs and music CDs, plus a reference collection with resources for both local and family history.
There are 12 computers providing free public access to the internet, word processing and other software whilst a Viewpoint web-cam is available to provide confidential access to council services.
Library staff are available to help students from the College as well as members of the public with everything from locating books to printing to homework.
The library has increased opening hours from 30 to 37.5 per week with the library open Tuesday mornings and through lunch during term time.
New opening hours - Term Time: Monday 9.30am-7pm, Tuesday 9.30am-5pm, Wednesday noon-2pm, Thursday 9.30am-7pm, Friday 9.30am-5pm, Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm.
School holidays: Monday 9.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-7pm, Tuesday 9.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-5pm, Wednesday Closed, Thursday 9.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-5pm, Friday 9.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-5pm, Saturday 9.30pm-12.30pm.
Council officers are now looking into future potential uses of the old library site on the High Street, which was closed on December 16.