Residents invited to Helston library official reopening

Local residents are invited to come along to the official reopening of Helston Library and Information Service this Friday, 9 February, following the completion of recent renovation works which mean improved access and services for residents.

Following the recent renovation works jobseekers in Helston can now access a wide range of key services under one roof, following the co-location of the Council’s Library and Information Service and the Jobcentre Plus.  In addition to the current library service opening hours, residents also benefit from new self-service access on Tuesdays and Thursdays providing extended customer access to the library services in Helston. Customers can use the library to borrow and return items using the self-service kiosks and use the public access computers on these two additional days each week.

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Jobseekers will also be able to use the library’s free Wi-Fi and access the public computers to help with their employment search or update their CV, as well as enjoying the wider benefits of library membership. This includes library events that support informal learning and health and wellbeing, alongside regular activities for children and families.

Kathy Settle, Chief Executive of the National Libraries Taskforce, Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, and Terri Whitten, Jobcentre Plus Integrated Delivery Operations Manager, will officially open the new community hub at 11am. Members of the public are welcome to come along and look around the library, discover our services, meet our special guests and enjoy some light refreshments.  There will also be a special visit from Bookstart Bear for a Storytime at 11:30am.

It’s free to join the library so this is an ideal opportunity to visit, find out what is on offer and leave with books for all the family. Customers can take advantage of free Wi-Fi and computers and discover the wide range of eBooks, emagazines and other electronic resources available to them.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, said: “This brilliant new space has been transformed through partnership and is already delivering real benefits for the wider community.  If you haven’t visited Helston Library for a number of years you will see how the space has been used brilliantly to create a new Children’s Library. The new joint customer Hub means local residents, library users and job seekers can access a wide range of essential public sector services at one convenient location.

“Working alongside the Jobcentre Plus not only benefits the local community but it also makes much more effective use of public space and the existing building, which is a key part of our work to maximise the way we use public buildings across Cornwall, as well as ensuring the Council delivers value for money. At a time when many local authorities are closing libraries, I am proud that we are finding new ways to invigorate libraries as real community hubs.”

John Martin, Cornwall Councillor for Helston South said: “This new customer hub will be of great benefit to the town. The co-location of the Jobcentre Plus alongside the Library will provide job seekers with additional resources which will benefit their job search as well as ensuring that the Library remains at the heart of the community.”

Nathan Kendall, Jobcentre Plus Manager for Helston, said: “This is excellent news for jobseekers. The move to the new centre will give access to a wide range of key services under one roof.  Advice on benefits and help for jobseekers will be available in this new customer hub, while giving local taxpayers value for money.”

More information can be found about the library on the Helston Library and Information Service webpage.

Story posted 6 February 2018