Friday, 18 July 2014

Ardrossan Library future secured

North Ayrshire Council’s decision to provide a national charity with unused office accommodation will help secure the future of Ardrossan Library.

That was the news to emerge this week after the Council’s ruling SNP Cabinet agreed to transfer ownership of offices formerly used as the district’s library headquarters. The facility, which has lain empty for three years, is located within the same building as Ardrossan Library in Princes Street. The charity has indicated it will spend in the region of £500,000 upgrading their part of the building to accommodate a day-care centre for people who have communication support needs as a result of deafness, blindness, sensory impairment, learning or physical disability. Sense Scotland has also stated as many as 40 personnel could be employed at the facility, with many of the posts likely to be filled locally.

Ardrossan councillor Tony Gurney, a member of the SNP Cabinet, said the move makes clear the administration’s commitment to retaining Ardrossan Library in its current location. “For too long there has been uncertainty about the future of Ardrossan Library,” said Cllr Gurney, “but the new partnership with Sense Scotland not only delivers the potential to create up to forty jobs in Ardrossan town centre, it secures the future of the building and with it the library.”

Mr Gurney said the prospect of breathing new life into a town centre building that had been vacant for three years, while safeguarding the library in its current location presented an “exciting opportunity” for Ardrossan.

In addition to traditional books, Ardrossan Library will continue to offer e-books and magazines, music downloads and DVDs, films, audio-books, access to computers and free wifi, alongside a range of hard-copy and online research and reference materials.

The Library opening times remain: Monday and Thursday – 1.00pm-5.00pm and 6.00pm-7.30pm; Tuesday and Friday – 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.30pm; Saturday – 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm. The facility is closed on Wednesdays.

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