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.
Chepstow library reopened on Saturday 21st January, throwing open its doors to reveal a new improved service following four months of refurbishment.
Nearly 700 people attending the relaunch were very pleased with the new layout and facilities on offer. The re-opening included balloon modelling for youngsters, local story teller Daniel Morden kept captivated children with his tall tales, members of the Gwent Family History Society were on hand to help people discover their roots and the Chepstow Society promoted the historic Chepstow Collection to customers interested in days gone by.
The refurbished library has been designed to deliver a much improved library provision with increased opening hours. In addition to an extensive range of books, DVDs and talking books, customers can now enjoy improved Internet access, free wi-fi and laptops for use within the library. Other features include an updated children’s area, an area especially designed for teenagers and a quieter area for family and local history research. Weekly activities will take in First Click basic IT sessions, story times for the under fives, baby rhyme times and family history research sessions. The library will open for an additional four hours on Wednesdays from 9am to 1pm.
Work on the library’s reading garden will continue throughout the winter months ready for a launch on World Book Night – 23 April 2012. Keen gardeners interested in joining the new Library Gardening Group or those requiring more information about the World Book Night book giveaway should contact library staff for more information. Sally Bradford who manages the library with her jobshare colleague Sue Wallbank thanked staff for their hard work since September, initially transferring the library service to the town’s leisure centre then returning to the refurbished facilities.
Sally said: “A massive team effort has played a large part in the design and success of the new 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 for Life programme.
Monmouthshire Libraries have been awarded £120,000 by CyMAL (Museums Archives and Libraries Wales, a division of the Welsh Assembly Government) to refurbish Chepstow Library.
The existing library was opened in 1993 and benefits from an excellent location in the centre of town. Continued popularity with local residents of all ages makes Chepstow the busiest library in Monmouthshire. The project funding will ensure that the library continues to develop services and deliver the very best in terms of reading, information, activities and customer care.
The refurbished library will offer a redesigned library entrance area, lots of new book displays, improved layout for stock and flexible space for more activities, events and classes. Plans include improved IT facilities with the introduction of wifi and laptops for use in the library.
We intend to update the children’s area and introduce a new space for teenagers. A new local and family history area will be established which will house and promote the Chepstow Collection, a fascinating local history resource.
The funding will enable the library to create a welcoming and secure reading garden, accessible from the library, for customers of all ages to enjoy. The library garden will be developed as a community project.
For more information on the refurbishment please contact Sally Bradford or Sue Wallbank, Community Librarians, Tel 01291 635730. Updates on progress will appear on the library website (http://libraries.monmouthshire.gov.uk) once the project starts in May.
After the successes achieved as a result of Monmouth Library’s refurbishment, Caldicot and Chepstow Libraries have submitted bids to CyMAL (Museums Archives and Libraries Wales) for grant funding under the Community Learning Libraries Capital Development Programme 2011/12. If successful, the projects will enable the libraries to redesign and refurbish all public areas including carpeting, painting, seating, study spaces and improved bilingual internal and external signage. Emphasis will be placed on improved IT facilities such as RFID self service and public wifi. Both libraries intend to improve accommodation for all customers, including a dedicated teenage zone and local / family history area. Chepstow Library, which is due to have its first floor office space redesigned as part of corporate agile working plans, has also included the development of a reading garden, accessible from the library, in their bid. We will soon know if we’ve been successful!