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

A MAJOR project to revamp Hastings Library has now been completed.

The multi-million pound East Sussex County Council scheme, which provides a modern library in the heart of the town, reopened 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.

Local resident and celebrated artist Sir Quentin Blake has produced artwork which adorns the Children’s Library.The 12 foot long frieze depicts the town’s historic Stade and other local scenes, with young readers suspended in mid-air engrossed in their books – all drawn in Sir Blake’s unmistakeable style.

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

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