Improvements to Chepstow Library funded by a Welsh Assembly grant of £120,000 are due to start in September. They will feature a redesigned entrance area, new book displays and an improved layout for stock with flexible space for more activities, events and classes. Improved IT facilities will incorporate the introduction of wifi and laptops for public use while plans are in place to update the children s area and introduce a new space for teenagers. In addition, a new local and family history area will house and promote the Chepstow Collection, a fascinating local history resource.
The funding, made via the Assembly’s CyMAL (Museums Archives and Libraries Wales) division will also enable the creation of a welcoming and secure reading garden for customers of all ages. This will be developed as a community project.
The existing library was opened in 1993 and benefits from an excellent location in the town’s centre. Continued popularity with local residents of all ages makes Chepstow the busiest library in Monmouthshire. The funding will ensure that the library continues to develop services and deliver the very best in terms of reading, information, activities and customer care.
Community Librarian, Sue Wallbank, said: “At present various sites within Chepstow are being visited to ascertain whether they are suitable premises to provide a temporary library.
“During 2010/11 we were pleased to welcome over 140,000 customers through our doors. We anticipate this refurbishment will make Chepstow Library a library fit for the 21st century, attracting even more customers to use the full range of our services.”
For more information on the refurbishment please contact either Sally Bradford or Sue Wallbank, Community Librarians. Tel: 01291 635730. Updates on progress will appear on the library website (http://libraries.monmouthshire.gov.uk) once the project starts in September.
Meanwhile Monmouthshire County Council has given the go-ahead for a new purpose built library in Abergavenny. Monmouthshire’s cabinet has agreed that the £3.5 million library would be funded from capital receipts generated from the sale of the town’s livestock market site.