Newmarket Library has now reopened following the completion of extensive building work funded by Suffolk County Council.
The library’s lift has been completely replaced meaning access to the library on the first floor of the shopping centre is easier for all visitors. The library also has new toilets, an improved entrance and reception area and new carpets on the stairs.
Newmarket Library is based in the Guineas Shopping Centre and for several months the library has been operating out of a much smaller, temporary shopping unit nearby. The library is now able to offer its normal services and opening hours with events and activities gradually returning in the coming weeks.
Bruce Leeke, Chief executive of Suffolk Libraries, said:
“We’re delighted that the library has reopened and that local people can once again enjoy our new facilities and the extensive activities and services that they host. Our libraries have so much to offer to improve people’s wellbeing and help them stay connected and engaged. Newmarket Library is now more accessible to everyone and I hope people will enjoy the many benefits. We’re very grateful to the county council for their continuing support of the library service.”
The substantial building work has been carried out by Concertus and funded by Suffolk County Council.
Cllr Andrew Reid, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Public Protection and Communities, said:
“I’m delighted that Newmarket library has re-opened in the Guineas Shopping Centre, and its new and improved facilities will make it easier for residents in Newmarket to access vital community services including activities for families and older people and the many other resources on offer at all of our libraries.
“I would like to thank Suffolk Libraries staff for continuing to provide an excellent service to customers whilst the library has been operating from its temporary location, and to library customers for their patience whilst this vital work has been underway.”