Stockbridge Library Gets £400,000 Refurbishment

Submitted by edg on Fri, 25 Jul '08 9.38pm

Stockbridge Library will re-open next week following a £400,000 refurbishment programme, including new computers with free internet access and 4,000 new books, DVDs and CDs.

The upgrade includes:

• A relaxed reading area
• Improved community room
• Fully accessible public toilets
• A new learning centre
• 4,000 new books, DVDs and CDs
• New computers with free Internet access
• New children's, teenage and under-fives' sections
• New flooring
• Upgraded heating and lighting systems
• The preservation of architectural features and external stonework
• A gallery with coffee facilities

The library uses a self-service system so that library card holders can carry out their own loans and returns, check on outstanding loans and reserve items.

The library will open again from 10am on Thursday July 31st and a number of children's events will be taking place throughout the day to celebrate. Maisie the Mouse gift bags will be awarded to the first 25 children aged five or less who arrive on the day, while the first 12 teenagers through the door will win special goodie bags.

Stockbridge in Photographs

The reopening will also welcome the launch of Stockaree - Stockbridge in Photographs. This exhibition will offer an exciting insight into the area's past through a selection of turn-of-the-century images taken from Capital Collections. It will be on display at the library from August 1st until December 20th.

"The building has been modernised in a sympathetic way which retains the library's historic character," said Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture and Leisure Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council.

"Staff members are grateful to all customers for their patience during the refurbishment, and I am sure that they will agree that the wait has been well worth it."