The new Strelley Road Library opens its doors yesterday (Wednesday 14 November), bringing a host of benefits for local people.

After around £1m of investment, the new library will be modern, open-plan and provide improved computer access and equipment, including free WiFi.

There will also be a dedicated under-fives children’s area featuring a unique specially commissioned story tree and it will offer opportunities for a greater range of activities and events for all ages.

The Strelley Road Library provides an adaptable facility for the local area and its surrounding communities. It has been designed and built by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes to serve the needs of the Aspley ward. It will not only include a new contemporary library, but also 37 one-bedroom independent living flats, run by Nottingham City Homes. Residents at Strelley Court will have direct access to the new library.

Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Localities, Councillor Dave Trimble, said:  “It’s great news that that this fantastic new library will offer people in the area the 21st century facilities they deserve. Visitors will enjoy improved facilities in the new building and it will be a positive addition to the local community. We expect that this move will encourage more people from the whole of the Strelley and Aspley to make the most of their local library.”

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive at Nottingham City Homes, said: “This has been our first project combining homes for Nottingham people with a brand new library.  The library looks brilliant.  We have worked closely with the council to create a much-needed facility for local people.  Residents have already moved into the new flats and they are looking forward to using the library, which is going to be a key asset for the community.”

There will be a special official celebratory launch event of the library on Wednesday 12 December 2018, but it’s hoped many people will come to the library once it is opened tomorrow to see and use the library facilities.