Chepstow Library was officially opened by the chairman of Monmouthshire County Council on 29th February 2012 by Councillor Brian Hood MBE. The library underwent four months of refurbishment before opening its doors to customers in January.
The refurbished library has been designed to deliver a much improved service with increased opening hours. In addition to an extensive range of books, DVDs and talking books, the library offers improved Internet access, free wi-fi and laptops for use within the premises. The library is now open for an additional four hours on Wednesdays from 9am to 1pm.
Work is continuing on the library reading garden ready for a launch on World Book Night – 23 April 2012.
Weekly activities at the library include First Click basic IT sessions, story times for the under fives, baby rhyme times and family history research sessions.
Councillor Hood said: “Monmouthshire is proud of its library provision and at a time when closures are in the news it is heartening to see that we are actually enhancing services.
“Libraries are not just about books – there is something for all ages here from computers to daily newspapers and from children’s areas to e-books.”
Cabinet member for culture, Councillor Giles Howard added: “Council members and the public recognise the hard work of library and associated staff that has achieved yet another superbly refurbished library.
The refurbishment of Chepstow Library has been jointly funded by Monmouthshire County Council and CyMAL (Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales; a division of the Welsh Government) which is committed to creating a 21st century library network as part of the Libraries Inspire programme.