Hackney to see new library opening this month

Hackney to see new library opening this monthPeople seeking flats to rent in Hackney are to see a state-of-the-art public library opening its doors in the area on January 23rd 2012.

The Dalston CLR James library is the first new council library to be built in Hackney for more than two decades and is set to be one of the largest public libraries in the UK, twice the size of the old CLR James facility it replaces.

Spread over three floors and covering 2,964 sq m, the new site features adult, teenager and children's sections, with each area colour-coded for ease of getting around, while a quick picks area is also available for those in a hurry.

With more than 32,000 items, there are set to be offerings for people of all tastes, including CDs, DVDs, talking books and online reference sources.

Jonathan McShane, Hackney Council's cabinet member for health, social care and culture, said: "We want this brand new library to be a community hub, somewhere that all residents can make use of whether it's for books, study space, the free use of computers or to hold community meetings and events."

This comes after the council conducted a series of improvements at Stoke Newington Library last year.

Posted by Martyn Glynn

Published 11th January, 2012

© 2012 Estates IT Limited

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