Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry mobile library replaced with new building

A new £1m library has opened in Coventry, replacing a mobile service.

The mobile library was stationed at St John's Primary School four days a week and toured the Allesley area one day a week.

Allesley Park Community Library, in Whittaker Road, has more than 12,000 items that are available to loan to members including books and DVDs.

There are also 10 computers for public use including two designated solely for children to access.

The library opened its doors at 1300 BST following a short ceremony.

'Looks fantastic'

Other facilities at the library include a selection of newspapers and periodicals, self-service machines, a children's library, a "teen zone" and a meeting room for community use.

Councillor Lynnette Kelly, Coventry City Council's cabinet member for education and libraries, said the new facility was testament to the commitment of the local authority to not close libraries as was happening in other areas of the country.

She said: "With the current economic climate councils across the country are having to either close libraries or reduce their opening hours.

"Here in Coventry we have pledged not to reduce opening hours in our libraries and here the local community will be able to enjoy a brand new facility which replaces the mobile service local residents have had to use for years.

"The new library looks fantastic and I am delighted that we are now able to provide an improved and accessible service to residents."

The opening marks the end of the first phase of a wider development to create a new neighbourhood centre that will include a medical centre on the surrounding site.

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