Newly renovated Helston Library is open and already benefitting the community

Local residents are already benefitting from the newly renovated Helston Library, with a refreshed stock including more than 800 new books, and over 2,000 people through the doors.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for the Neighbourhoods Portfolio, Edwina Hannaford, visited the library today to meet parents and carers of children using the new space, as well as seeing the new interview and computer rooms and the space for Jobcentre Plus services, which will arrive early next year.

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The library, which reopened in November, brings Cornwall Council and Department for Work and Pensions services under one roof, reducing costs and ensuring the library’s long term future.

Councillor Hannaford said: “I am delighted to be here today and see for myself the difference this new space is making to people who live and work in Helston.

“We know that libraries help people to develop a lifelong love of reading, but they also have so much more to offer these days. Free WIFI and computer access means that anyone in Helston can improve their digital skills, improve their life chances and reach their full potential.

“That’s why despite the tough economic times, Cornwall Council’s approach to libraries has been different to other Councils across the country. We have focused on building local partnerships and looking at different models that enable Cornwall’s libraries to be retained rather than closed.

“It’s great to see how people in Helston are using the space today and it’s good to know that this space will create opportunities for the next generation.”

The Library and Information Service will initially be open from 9.30am to 5pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10am until 1pm on Saturdays. When Jobcentre Plus moves in early next year residents will also benefit from new self-service access from 9am to 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays providing extended customer access to the library services in Helston. Customers will be able to use the library, borrow and return items using the self-service kiosks and use the public access computers on these two additional days each week.

Read more information about the Helston Library and Information Service

Story posted 6 December 2017