£892k library is officially opened

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Heanor’s new £892,000 purpose-built library was declared officially open this week after more than a year of building works.

Residents were invited to attend the new Ilkeston Road site on Monday which was opened by Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for health and communities Councillor Dave Allen.

He said: “I am delighted our new library has been so well received since it opened its doors at the end of October.

“The comments book contains such a lot of praise.

“The library offers a wide range of modern, accessible facilities for people of all ages and an excellent programme of free events and training.

“The enthusiasm of local people shows there is a demand for libraries and an appreciation that we are managing to maintain this very important service across the county during a time of unprecedented budget cuts.”

The library offers a wide range of facilities including an improved children’s library, a health and well-being zone, a custom-built area for people to use the council’s free-access computers and communal seating and study areas.

It also features a local studies section, audio book loans, self-service points and areas for public events such as author visits.

A programme of free events is now underway including computer help sessions, storytime for under-fives and help to use the library’s eBook, eMagazine and eAudiobook services.

As part of the opening celebrations, the library is running a competition to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.

Entrants need to visit the library and borrow any item to enter.

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over and closes on Thursday, December 31.