Milton Road library officially opened its doors this weekend (Saturday 28 September).
Following a complete rebuild and refurbishment of the site, the library on Ascham Road re opened to the public in June this year. Since then 7,608 visitors have used the library and over 8,457 books have been loaned out. Local residents have been making use of the community spaces which include meeting rooms and a garden area as well as the library itself.
The official opening included a magic show with Devious Minds, courtesy of The Library Presents. Forty people attended and enjoyed close-up magic tricks performed by Tim Shoesmith.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Communities and Partnership Committee, Councillor Steve Criswell said: “When we first started on plans for the new library the aim was to provide something that the community could cherish. It goes without saying that an incredible amount of hard work has gone into creating this superb facility over the last two years and I want to thank all those who have been involved in enabling this project to come to fruition.”
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt said: “The original Milton Road Library was loved and used by many. Residents have played a major role in developing the new library, with huge expertise and effort on their part. Residents of all ages will continue to use the Library and all it has to offer. Thanks must go to all involved in debates, discussions and plans so that Milton Road Library stands proudly with its history preserved.”
The redevelopment of Milton Road Library was shaped by the local community with the help of property & construction consultants Ingleton Wood.
Mike Miller, Director at Ingleton Wood, said: “This is a very important local project. Libraries are vital community hubs and play a crucial role in providing a place for people to socialise, access information and enjoy events.
“We preserved as many of the 1930s original features as possible, such as the main entrance area, to retain the vibrant character of the library which is now modern and fit for the future.”