Dunmow's new library opened by Essex County Council chairman today

PUBLISHED: 12:24 30 July 2009 | UPDATED: 07:18 30 May 2010

Essex County Council chairman Elizabeth Hart officially opens Dunmow's new library

Essex County Council chairman Elizabeth Hart officially opens Dunmow's new library

DUNMOW S new £1million library was officially opened earlier today (Thursday). At 11am an official ceremony took place conducted by the chairman of Essex County Council, Cllr Elizabeth Hart. Situated opposite the Co-Op in White Street, the facility has be

DUNMOW'S new £1million library was officially opened earlier today (Thursday).

At 11am an official ceremony took place conducted by the chairman of Essex County Council, Cllr Elizabeth Hart.

Situated opposite the Co-Op in White Street, the facility has been busy ever since it opened to the public on June 22.

Residents of the town have been enjoying the big increase in the choice of books and DVDs, the extended opening hours, and the fantastic atmosphere of the new building. Borrowers can issue and return their books through the latest in self-service technology

The good news has travelled fast and in the first four weeks of opening 823 people have joined - an amazing 30 per cent increase in the library membership.

And with more than double the floor space of the old library, the building is proving itself a great asset to the community.

Uttlesford District Council has moved in with a help desk, and Essex Police is conducting twice weekly surgeries. The meetings rooms available for hire are already proving popular.

Essex County council's cabinet member for adults, heath and community wellbeing, Cllr Finch, said: "Dunmow has been waiting a long time for this new library, and it is wonderful to know how much it is being welcomed and appreciated".

See next week's Broadcast for more pictures and reaction.

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