New chapter for Daventry Library

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Northamptonshire Council Council and Daventry District Council are delighted to announce the official opening of the new Daventry library.

Marking the start of a new chapter, Daventry Library recently moved from its home of many years in the former Grammar School to newly refurbished premises in the Abbey Centre in St John's Square.

On Friday May 24, the new library was officially opened by Michael Ellis MP, Minister for Transport and former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism (including Minister for Libraries). The successful project is the result of a positive collaboration between the County Council and Daventry District Council.  Together, the development of a vision for a modern, inclusive library, in a shared community building has resulted in a vibrant new community hub.

The library space has been designed to be flexible for users of all ages, and is especially bright and welcoming for younger customers. The library is also “dementia friendly” and has been developed with this in mind, creating an environment that is welcoming and accessible to customers with dementia. A separate computer / learning centre also provides space for quiet study. 

The new children’s area is already popular, with bright colours, chalk boards, little den areas and a comfy sofa. There is also the added bonus of a safe outside space, with a large canopy, meaning it will be accessible in all weathers.

Across the county, the Registrars form an integral part of the library and all newborns are offered a library card at the time of the birth registration. It is hoped that the newly created children’s area in Daventry will encourage more parents to join their babies up and enjoy the services. 

Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Matthew Golby, said:

“It has been a pleasure working with in partnership with Daventry District Council to deliver such a valuable and attractive resource to the residents of Daventry and the surrounding area. Located within a community hub and designed and built with so many different users in mind, the new library is a fantastic resource, truly equipped to support residents from cradle to grave. It’s never too early to be a library member.” 

Councillor David James, Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, said: 

“We’re delighted to have worked with the county council on relocating Daventry’s library to modern new premises within the Abbey centre. The move not only enhances the facilities for local people of all ages but also enables work to move forward on a new leisure development for the town centre, including a multi-screen cinema, restaurants and splash fountains.”

The newly designed library has already been very positively received by customers and the staff are absolutely delighted with the reaction. Why not go along and see for yourself?