CHESTER Library will open for business in its new home at the Storyhouse theatre complex on May 11.
The library will include a dedicated children’s section, complete with an arts and crafts messy play area and a storytelling room; dedicated family and local history section; digital facilities and services; flexible event spaces; and increased opening hours.
As well as a world class library, Storyhouse will offer a state-of-the-art theatre, a boutique cinema, exhibition and meeting spaces, as well as a café/restaurant and bar.
Chester Library will close at 5pm on Friday, March 31, to allow stock to be relocated and for staff to be trained.
The library reopens in Storyhouse on May 11 – the same day as the first theatre performance takes place.
During the closure, members of the public will be encouraged to use the nearby libraries of Blacon, Great Boughton, Hoole, Lache and Upton where public computer facilities will be available.
Multimedia will be relocated to the wider library network but will nonetheless be available to reserve, collect and return in Chester when Storyhouse opens.
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s director of operations Maria Byrne said: “We apologise for any inconvenience during the temporary closure but the move to Storyhouse will enable us to offer a fantastic, modern, 21st century library, providing a wide range of services under one roof with increased opening hours.”
The existing library is currently home to an exhibition featuring artworks from multi-media artists David Cotterrell, Nayan Kulkarni and Patricia MacKinnon-Day, alongside digital artworks from University of Chester.
Although the existing library will be closed from March 31, people will be able to view the current digital exhibition through the library window until April 30.
The exhibition is a satellite programme to the Grosvenor Museum’s Open Art exhibition created in partnership with University of Chester.
For more details, visit www.westcheshire museums.co.uk.
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