The date is set for the official public launch of the new Rochdale Central Library later this month. On Saturday 27 April the flagship library on Smith Street in the town centre hosts a special launch day – and everyone’s welcome!
Based on the ground floor of the iconic Number One Riverside building the new library features an extensive range of books, including large-print & audio formats, a children’s library, reading area, newspapers & magazines, computers with free internet access. The library also has free Wi-fi and boasts the Maskew Collection of English Literature & Philosophy titles.
There are meeting and conference rooms available for community use and council information points for residents wanting any help or advice.
On the launch Saturday the library will host sessions featuring three guest authors, there’ll be taster sessions for those wanting to try out the new computers and guided tours of the impressive facilities. There’ll be prizes up for grabs. The brand new ‘Bean’ Coffee Shop located on the ground floor will be officially opened too, offering specialty coffees, breakfasts, lunches, snacks plus hot and cold drinks all day.
The library is part of the major regeneration of the town centre with multi-use Number One Riverside also housing the council, plus space for other organisations and private businesses. A restaurant opens in the near future. Consolidating numerous buildings into one modern, low energy building is set to save the authority £1 million a year in running costs.
Councillor Peter Williams, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Customer Services, said:
"We are expanding library services, including the launch of a new downloadable audio book service next month, and constantly aim to improve and respond to customer needs. Rochdale Central Library already has thousands of people through its doors each year and we are expecting this to increase with this fabulous new library. I am sure it will quickly become a major asset for the community and yet another landmark step in the regeneration of Rochdale which is really gathering momentum.”