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High Time For Heaton Library Opening

The Open Council are proud to announce Councillor David Wood, Lord Mayor of Newcastle and Councillor Pauline Allen, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Customer Services joined children from local schools Cragside Primary and Benton Park Primary to officially open the ultra-modern library, which opened its doors in September as part of the same £40.2m project which sees a rebuilt City Library opening next year.

Sue Harrison, Senior Library and Information Officer for Newcastle Libraries, said: “In the short time since we opened our doors for the first time we’ve had an incredible reaction from local people who love their new library and the services it offers, and who have told staff how proud the community is of the building.”

“There has been a library on this site for many many years and we are to have had the opportunity to upgrade it and guarantee that it can serve the community for generations to come.”

Visitors to the opening ceremony were also entertained by a performance poet David Harmer.

As well as massive selection of brand new books, newspapers, magazines, CDs and DVDs, the library will be free public access to the internet a self-issue and return service for books and DVDs and a fully-equipped 30-space community room for local groups for meetings, activities and events.

The new library is also a satellite Customer service Centre, and boasts an innovative video link advice line, allowing users to connect with council staff at sites across the city to gather information at first hand.

A free phone link to key council departments and Your Homes Newcastle is also available.

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