The new £1m Strelley Road Library opened its doors on 14 November, bringing together modern library facilities and Nottingham City Homes independent living apartments.

To celebrate, Councillor Cat Arnold, Sheriff of Nottingham will be cutting the ribbon to officially open the new centre on Wednesday 12 December between 10am and 10.30am. There will also be a performance from Nottingham singer-songwriter Ben Smith plus the winners of the children’s book cover design competition will be announced and there will be the opportunity to talk to library staff, Nottingham City Homes staff and community groups including knit & natter and the reading group.

The new open plan building is built on the site of the original library and is a modern adaptable facility which is part of a City Council programme to provide better quality libraries which meet the needs and expectations of today’s library users. It provides improved computer access and equipment, including free Wi-Fi, a dedicated under fives children’s area, the centre piece being a unique story tree plus a great range of activities and events for all ages.

The Strelley Road Library has been designed to serve the needs of the Aspley ward and the new modern library is co-located with NCH independent living apartments.

Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Localities, Cllr Dave Trimble, said: “It’s great news that that this fantastic new library is opening, offering the local community the 21st century facilities they deserve. Customers will enjoy improved modern facilities in the new building, which will be a positive addition to the local community. We are particularly excited about the children’s area, which is stunning, we know that introducing children to books at an early age fires their imagination, entertains and educates – and can lead to a lifelong love of reading.

“As we’ve seen with other new libraries, we expect that this will encourage more people to make the most of their local library.”