Presentation by the Library Manager
The Library Manager gave a presentation (previously circulated) on Darlington Libraries and in doing so updated Members on the progress of the renovation work.
Members were informed that work commenced on the library in late 2021; details were provided of the work undertaken to the roof, including replacement tiles and guttering; and drone footage and photos of the roof were provided.
Members were informed of the internal work undertaken to date which included the restoration of plasterwork and redecoration, improved connectivity with access to Wi-Fi and improved lighting.
The presentation also provided graphics for the renovated adult lending library, and reference library with reference made to the layout and facilities.
Discussion ensued regarding the energy efficiency measures undertaken in relation to heating as part of the refurbishment; following a question, Members were assured that the engagement led approach along with the new facilities that would be available in the library, would help to increase library usage; and Members noted that a Library Plan outlining the aims of the library, was in development.
RESOLVED – That the thanks of this Scrutiny Committee be extended to the Library Manager for her informative and interesting presentation.