Southport Library re-opens

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Southport Library re-opens

The fully refurbished Southport Library re-opens its doors next Tuesday (April 2, 9.30am).   It follows a major improvement to the Lord Street building which is part of the wider Atkinson cultural centre project.   Visitors will enjoy state-of-the-art facilities in an area about one third larger than the original space.

The showpiece will be an extended children’s section with room for activities and events.   This includes a ship, specially made for the library, named after Kathleen – a real fishing boat built in Southport around 1900.

Other additions include a new teenage space with laptop tables and modern furniture, self-service machines and information pods, a study area, a wider range of books and access to toilets.   There will also be new artwork including an original mosaic dating to the building’s former use as a bank.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools, Families and Leisure, said: “We are sure people will be delighted to see the return of Southport Library and will be really impressed by what is a massive improvement.

“Of course this is part of a phased opening of the wider Atkinson cultural centre which is a major and exciting investment in the resort.   “When the rest of the Atkinson building opens, people will benefit from an express area for borrowing books at times when the library is closed.

There will also be a new café area, and easy access to the museum, art gallery, arts centre.   “I would really encourage people to pop along in the days and weeks ahead to enjoy this fantastic facility.”

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