Agenda item

Darlington Libraries

Presentation by the Library Manager



The Library Manager gave a PowerPoint presentation (previously circulated) on Darlington Libraries and in doing so updated Members on the progression of the renovation work.


It was reported that the external scaffolding had been erected and work was progressing on the roof; internal scaffolding had also been erected and work was progressing on the adult and junior lending libraries and the reference library; work included new lighting, installation of wifi, redecoration, cleaning of glass lights and cleaning and treatment of shelving units.


The presentation provided internal photos of the reception area and adult lending library; and graphics for the renovated adult lending library and reference library with reference made to the layout and facilities.


The library was offering a limited service during the work, however most services were being maintained on a smaller scale with popular stock available in a condensed area and a free select and collect service offering access to all stock on request. The Centre for Local Studies remained open and the Art Gallery had been transformed into a space for children’s activities. Free deliveries were available to people 60 and over and the branch library remained open part time with children’s activities taking place outside of opening hours.


RESOLVED – That the thanks of this Scrutiny Committee be extended to the Library Manager for her informative and interesting presentation.

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