Library is on the move to new site

An artist's impression of the proposed new Ashington Leisure Centre.
An artist's impression of the proposed new Ashington Leisure Centre.

Ashington library has begun its move to an exciting space in the town’s new leisure centre.

The library will be spread across two floors in the centre and will have an extensive range of books and digital resources, comfortable seating and room for research, and will also feature a dedicated IT hub with free wi-fi, and a bespoke children’s library.

The former base at Kenilworth Road closed on Saturday, December 12, and staff are now busy transporting books and stock ahead of the opening of the new Ashington Leisure Centre on Monday, January 4.

Councillor Val Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are delighted that this iconic leisure facility is going to be the new home for Ashington library.

“Leisure and library staff have been working hard to organise the move and it is going to be a great place for people who want to sit and relax with a book and enjoy a cup of coffee.”

“Customers will be able to reserve a book and go for a swim, do some research, or just take their time and relax on one of the comfortable sofas in this wonderful space,” she added.

The ten metre high art installation SEAM, created by acclaimed north east artist Simon Watkinson, will be displayed in the foyer space and library of the flagship sports facility.

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