The opening of Daventry’s new library is now less than a month away, as preparations for the new Mulberry Place development in the town centre continue.
The library’s relocation to the Abbey Advice and Resource Centre will pave the way for the construction of a new multi-screen cinema and restaurants by Daventry District Council on its current site north of High Street.
The library's last day of opening in its current location in North Street will be Monday 29 April, when it will close its doors for the last time at 6pm.
It will reopen in its new home at newly refurbished premises in the Abbey Advice and Resource Centre in St John’s Square at 9am on Monday 13 May.
To ensure continuity of library services for customers during the brief closure period, all borrowed items will renewed automatically until 13 May.
All online services will available as usual at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/libraryonline which customers can access 24-hours-a-day to download e-books, e-audiobooks, e-newspapers and e-magazines.
For customers still wishing to visit a library, the nearest alternative library is at Long Buckby.
The Registration Office will also be relocating to the new premises, and customers with booked appointments will be informed of the new arrangements and the online booking system for new appointments will be updated accordingly.
The Abbey Centre is an established hub for community services in the town, already hosting Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Time2Talk, DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport) and Olympus Care Services.
The library move to this location creates opportunities to link up and work with existing services to support customers.
Councillor David James, Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Holder said: “We’re really looking forward to this excellent new facility opening its doors. The library’s relocation to modern new premises within The Abbey will not only enhance the experience for Daventry’s community but enables plans to move forward that will improve the town’s leisure offer with a new multi-screen cinema and restaurants.”
Cecile Irving-Swift, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “The new premises will deliver all of the existing library services in addition to having a dedicated children’s area, accessible toilets and baby changing, an exciting new outdoor area and bright, welcoming flexible indoor space. It will be a welcoming place for residents and families to come and access a variety of services.”
Find out more about the plans for Mulberry Place on our Regeneration pages