Town library to finally open!

PUBLISHED: 11:24 29 May 2009 | UPDATED: 07:15 30 May 2010

THE LONG wait is over - Dunmow s new library is set to open its doors to the public next month. After a series of delays - the latest being Essex County Council (ECC) terminating a communications contract with BT for phone and internet services - the new

THE LONG wait is over - Dunmow's new library is set to open its doors to the public next month.

After a series of delays - the latest being Essex County Council (ECC) terminating a communications contract with BT for phone and internet services - the new building will open on Monday June 22.

Director of Adult Learning and Libraries for ECC, Susan Carragher, said: "This is a proud moment. We have long been aware that the old library in Dunmow was not big enough, or in the right place to properly serve the growing local community.

"This new building is at the heart of the town and will give everyone the chance to use a very modern service in first rate surroundings."

The £1million library is situated opposite the Co-Op in White Street and will form one side of the new town square once it is completed. Work will begin in September.

The Community Information Centre for Uttlesford District Council, currently based in the High Street, will also be moved in along with all its services and staff.

ECC chiefs have promised more than twice the space of the current building, and the opening hours will leap from 29 to 54 hours per week. There will be a big increase in the number of books and DVDs on offer, while 12 computers will be installed for free internet access.

During a sneak preview in the week before the opening, Dunmow town councillors will be among the first to see the new self-service technology which will allow people to borrow and return their items without the need to queue.

The old library, in North Street, will close for good at 5pm on Saturday June 13. It will take a week to move, during which time items can be returned to any other Essex Library, or renewed on the internet or by phone.

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