Monday, 23 April 2012

North Berwick and Dunbar libraries on the move!

Staff at North Berwick Library are beginning to make preparations for a temporary home for the library for approximately 10 months. The library will be relocating to the Ben Sayers building, Tantallon Rd and will be closed for a few days to make preparations for the move. The last day of opening will be Saturday 21st April 9.30-4. The library will then re-open in its new location on Monday 30th April. Opening hours will continue to be the same 9.30-5 Mondays and Fridays, 9.30-7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9.30-4 on Saturdays. Assistant in Charge Dionne Howie and her staff look forward to welcoming all their customers to their new temporary home. A wide range of stock, free public access computers and wi-fi will be available in the new location. New members are always welcome and joining the library is free. Work should begin in May on the School Road building which is being refurbished to house the Library, Area Office and the Coastal Communities Museum.

Dunbar Library will be closing its doors in the old premises at Castellau on Saturday 28th April at 1pm to prepare for the move to its new modern location within the Bleachingfield Centre. Readers are invited to join Anne Hampshire and the library team for refreshments on Saturday morning to say farewell to the old library. The library will re-open in its new state- of- the -art location on Monday 7th May.

Readers are reminded that whilst the library is closed books and other items can be renewed and requested on-line at, alternatively you can contact Haddington Library on 01620 820680. As always books can be returned and borrowed from any East Lothian Council library. Customer Services at the Bleachingfield Centre will be able to help with any information queries from Monday 30th April.

The new library, which has a stunning modern and individual design, will be much more spacious with a large children’s library and a dedicated teenage area with increased space to display books, DVDs and music for customers of all ages. The connection with the old library will not be lost as rooms within the building will still be called the Gibb Room and the Stevenson Room. The Stevenson Room has been designed for quiet study and will house Dunbar’s local history collection and reference section. The Gibb Room will have the same function as before with space for events such as Bookbug Sessions, author visits and reading and writing group activities. There will also be additional PCs which are freely available to the public, including a computer suite with 10 PCs and wi-fi available throughout the library.

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