Revamp delivers state-of-the-art library for Hastings

A MAJOR project to revamp Hastings Library to provide a state-of-the-art service is nearing completion.

The multi-million pound East Sussex County Council scheme, which will provide a modern library in the heart of the town, will reopen to the public on Friday 2 March.

The interior of the library, in the Brassey Institute, in Claremont, has been completely refurbished with new furniture, more computers, free Wi-Fi and improved toilet facilities.

The improvements have enabled the county council to bring the Children’s Library, formerly based in nearby Robertson Passage, into the Brassey Institute.

The library will host a range of children’s activities including Code Clubs, Rhymetime and Storytime while adults can join IT For You to develop computer skills or ask for help in a Computer Buddy session.

In addition to offering a wide range of books to borrow, the library will hold a range of reference information for study of the local area, as well as DVDs, health and wellbeing resources and reminiscence resources.

The public computers provide free access to the Internet, training courses, online reference materials, research programs for family history.

Learning services will be reintroduced and will operate from their own dedicated computer suite on the second floor, providing opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and computer skills.

The temporary library in Robertson Passage will close at the end of business on Saturday 24 February to enable staff to move stock to the new library. During the move, from Monday 26 February to Thursday 1 March library services will be available at Hollington or Ore libraries.Throughout this period customers can use our eLibrary with eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines. Any books due to be returned during this period will be due back two week later. There will be no disruption to Learning Services.

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