People in the Bilton and Woodfield areas of Harrogate are celebrating the provision of a brand new state-of-the-art library – the product of a hugely successful collaboration between the community and North Yorkshire County Council.
The new Library was officially opened this week by the Vice Chairman of the County Council, Councillor David Jeffels. It provides a wide range of new book stock housed in a comfortable, welcoming environment with a host of added attractions – ranging from free internet access to refreshment facilities.
County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for Library Services said: This really is a marvellous tribute to the partnership between the county council and the community.
It shows how together we can tackle the problem of providing excellent services which our communities value extremely highly, in the face of relentless financial pressures. What has been achieved here in Bilton and Woodfield is a shining example of the way forward. The enthusiasm and commitment of the volunteers who have made this happen is great to see – not only for their willingness to make the library work, but also in their determination to make it an attractive and welcoming place for the entire community.
The new Community Library shares a site with Woodfield School and Bilton Children’s Centre. As well as an extensive bookstock, it offers public computers with free internet access, a free Wi-Fi network for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, and a separate area for children’s activities. There is improved access for people with disabilities, including an accessible toilet and designated parking places.
Greta Knight, Chairman of Bilton and Woodfield Community Library said: Whilst volunteers were sad to leave the old library, they are excited about the fantastic new facility and are enjoying welcoming existing and new customers of all ages.
County Coun David Simister (UKIP, Bilton & Nidd Gorge) said: The opening of this community library is a great success story for Bilton and Woodfield, and full credit must go to the team of volunteers who have worked so hard to get it to this stage.