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The £1 million refurbishment of Beeston Library has been completed and will be officially opened on 9 September.

The Foster Avenue library now features new furniture and bookshelves, which are fully stocked with more than 10,000 new books.

The library is one of four flagship libraries in Nottinghamshire and was designed and developed by Inspire and Arc Partnership after receiving funding from Nottinghamshire County Council.

Inspire’s chief executive officer, Peter Gaw, said:

At Inspire, we’re excited about the re-opening of the Library as an inventive, modern space for the people of Beeston and indeed Nottinghamshire – for reading, learning, culture and community activity.”

More drastic improvements include a brand new entrance and a new roof and windows. The library also has a refurbished ceiling, new lights, flooring and heating system and there are now designated rooms for learning, a meeting room a large exhibition space and computer facilities.

Councillor John Cottee, the new chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s communities and place committee, welcomed the re-opening of the library, saying:

It’s great news to see this library re-opening its doors as it’s a vital hub for the local community.

I hope the various improvements and the library’s revamp will make for an even better environment for local people to read, learn and benefit from the many activities and events which take part here.”

As well as new facilities the library also has a significant injection of new books for adults and children, fiction and non-fiction.

Daniel Maher, managing director of Arc Partnership said:

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We welcomed the opportunity to continue our work with Nottinghamshire County Council and Inspire to design and build excellent library facilities across Nottinghamshire.”

The library opening hours will initially be Monday 9am to 7.30pm, Tuesday 9am to 7pm, Wednesday 9am to 7.30pm, Thursday 9am to 1pm, Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturday 9pm to 4pm and it is closed on Sunday.

In September, a consultation will take place with library users and Beeston residents to establish if different opening hours would be welcome.

Original article, with video, published in Nottingham Post

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