A popular library has started a new chapter with the official opening of its new home.
Newton Aycliffe Library has relocated to a bright and modern new base within the town’s leisure centre on Beveridge Way.
And the new-look library was officially opened today (Monday, 6 March) by Cllr Edward Bell, Chairman of Durham County Council, and Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council.
The pair unveiled a plaque marking the occasion and cut into a special cake featuring a book and a pair of trainers.
They were joined by library and leisure centre users as they took a tour of the building.
Cllr Bell said: “The new library is a fantastic facility and I am really pleased to be asked to officially open it to the public.
“Having the library and leisure centre under one roof will be a massive benefit to the public and the improved facilities will, no doubt, prove a real boost for the town.”
The relocation of the library is part of a £1 million scheme being carried out by Durham County Council to help regenerate the town centre.
The authority has been working alongside Freshwater, the owners of Aycliffe Town Centre, and Great Aycliffe Town Council to ensure residents and businesses have access to much improved facilities.
The new look town centre has attracted major new retailers including Aldi, Wilko and Select.
The creation of the new library has involved refurbishing a number of shop units adjoining the leisure centre and creating a shared entrance for the library and leisure centre.
Facilities include separate sections for teenagers and children, a study area and updated computer equipment.
The library also offers a wide selection of current and classic titles as well as ebooks and emags and free wi-fi is available throughout the building.
For more information about the project, visit www.durham.gov.uk/NAlibraryrelocation