St Albans Library reopens after major refurbishment

Published: 20 Mar 2019


St Albans Library recently reopened its doors after a short closure, to show off all of its new and exciting features to the public. The library has had a complete facelift, with an improved children’s area, IT and study facilities, new low-level shelving to make the most of the views of the St Albans skyline, a bookable meeting room and a new CreatorSpace facility, which will be fully open to the public from Monday 25 March.

The refurbishment took just six months, and during that time, library closures were kept to a minimum. The project was especially challenging as St Albans is the busiest library in Hertfordshire. 

Cllr Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Libraries, says: “The newly refurbished library looks fantastic, and library users will really benefit from the changes and improvements we’ve made.

“We have worked hard with architectural consultants Ingletonwood Ltd and builders T&B Ltd to deliver the refurbishment and modernisation of the library, and are really proud of the results.”

Hertfordshire Libraries are not only a place to borrow books, they are a hub for local arts, culture and heritage, and a place where people can develop new skills and create new support and social networks.

The refurbishment of St Albans Library fits into this idea, with the added extra space for reading and studying, the community meeting room available for hire, the CreatorSpace and all the other new features which cater to the personal and communal use of the library.

The library now hosts Hertfordshire’s third CreatorSpace, which gives people the opportunity to try out creative technology resources, such as green screen technology, iMac computers, 3D printing, virtual reality headsets and digital sewing and embroidery machines.

A full programme of events is being planned to promote the library to the community over the next few months, including author talks, library theatrical shows and CreatorSpace events for both adults and children. The programme begins on Saturday 23 March with a special showing of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ for children and families by the Booster Cushion Theatre Company.

Cllr Terry Douris adds: “We know how important libraries are to our residents’ which is why we are always striving to add and develop new services that embrace our consumer’s needs and any new technology. We hope that you enjoy the new additions to St Albans Library”.  

For more information on hiring the meeting room and events at St Albans Library, please visit their website at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/stalbanslibrary

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