Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Grand opening for new Garforth Library and One Stop Centre


Caption: The eye-catching new Garforth Library and One Stop Centre

The wraps come off the much-anticipated new Garforth Library and One Stop Centre today as the £1.4m project enjoys its grand opening.

The extended and refurbished building on Lidgett Lane will enjoy its official launch in a special event to be held today (Wednesday 10th February), with the doors opening to the public tomorrow and a series of celebration events taking place over the next week.

The eye-catching new centre is one of the first of its kind in Leeds as it is based on a ‘green’ design which features the use of recycled materials and a variety of green technologies such as solar panels for heating water and a ‘living’ sedum roof which is energy efficient and encourages wildlife.

The project has been managed by Leeds City Council’s Library and Information Service with funding of over £1m by the Big Lottery Fund and further support from energy-efficiency organisation Salix.

The work began in January 2009 to upgrade the existing Garforth Library which first opened in 1968. The redesigned building combines the latest library services with those of the nearby ‘one stop centre’ all under the same roof for the first time.

The new-look building features greatly improved accessibility and library services, with a new IT learning suite and meeting room along with the Baraka café where customers will be able to meet up and relax in comfort.

There are also a variety of other council services on offer in the one stop centre provided by Leeds City Council’s Customer Services team, enabling customers to find out information about a range of attractions and events as well being able to discuss housing, council tax, social care, environmental services and community safety. In addition, the centre contains a Leeds Registrars’ office and services for young people.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:

“We are all hugely excited to see the new Garforth Library and One Stop Centre open to the public. The building looks fantastic and we are sure people will really enjoy the wide range of services on offer.

“The local community played a key role in helping us develop the plans for the new centre and we are confident we are giving them a centre which will be really popular and a great success.”

Following the official launch, the opening weekend will see a range of events taking place at the BIG Family Fun Day on Sunday 14th February, including an appearance by award-winning author and illustrator Nick Sharratt, musical performances by Garforth College students, an eco-friendly treasure hunt and tours of the new building.

Big Lottery Fund Head of Region for Yorkshire and The Humber Vanessa White said:

“Libraries sit at the heart of our communities so are ideally placed to host a range of important local services. The Big Lottery Fund has invested over £8 million to improve libraries in the region, enabling them to offer a range of services beyond their traditional role, including advice, education and training.

“It’s fantastic to see the new and improved library in Garforth and I’m sure it will become a hub for activities in the area.”

For further information on the new Garforth Library and One Stop Centre go to www.newgarforthlibrary.blogspot.com

For further information on the Big Lottery Fund, visit the website at http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/

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