A library fit for the 21st century opened its doors to eager readers.
Visitors got their first taste of the new-look facilities last month at Westgate in Oxford.
Customers eager to see the transformation of the former Central Library filed into the foyer for the ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by Oxfordshire County Council Chairman Zoe Patrick.
County council cabinet member for cultural services Lorraine Lindsay-Gale said: “We’re underlining our commitment to libraries by putting them right at the heart of the communities they serve, and broadening the range of services and activities on offer.
“Our new County Library exemplifies that investment, and we believe this is a classic example of what a 21st century library should look and feel like.”
The new library features a dedicated ‘Makerspace’ area for community activities including digital learning, arts and crafts and special events. With free wi-fi and 70 public computers, it will also allow visitors to access county council services online and get the support they may need to do this.
The new children’s library will feature more space for activities, special events and school visits.
The previous library in Oxford was ranked the third busiest council-run library in the country.