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Update on the reopening of Killamarsh library

Published: 5 August 2022

The reopening of Killamarsh Library in its new home at the town’s newly refurbished sports centre is just weeks away.

The library is moving from its former site on Sheffield Road to the North East Derbyshire District Council-run Killamarsh Active (previously Killamarsh Sports Centre) on completion of its £1.9 million refurbishment.

The completion of works at Killamarsh Active is approaching and it is hoped that the keys will be handed over to the district council towards the end of September.

Shortly after this our library staff will be able to access Killamarsh Active on Stanley Street and start work on setting up the library in its new home.

It is hoped that the new library will be ready for customers around 2 weeks after this, with the official opening date due to be confirmed in the next few weeks.

The library closed its doors in May so that preparations could be made for the old building to be demolished and a more welcoming and secure site created for the Parish Suite and skate-park as well as extra parking for Killamarsh Active.

Library users were still able to access other county libraries and an extension was given on returning borrowed books, which has now been extended further to the end of October.

The new library will be on the ground floor of Killamarsh Active near the new café area.

Benefits to the library move include new portable book racks which can be moved out into the café area during the library’s opening hours, creating a more relaxed setting where people can browse books and get a drink and snack or meet with friends, putting it at the heart of the new facility. And the fact the facilities are all under one roof means it is more cost effective and environmentally friendly due to shared heating and lighting.

All library services including computers for customers to use and the book ordering service remain the same.

It is hoped that the move will appeal to existing customers due to the new, bright and modern facilities, and also open up the library to new customers who may drop in to find out more while using the sports centre.

Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture, Tourism and Climate Change Councillor Barry Lewis said:

“The reopening of the library in its new home is getting very close now and I know that library users will be really pleased to see the new surroundings.

“The new space will be fresh and modern, and the area will lend itself to a more relaxed and sociable experience.

“This is partnership working at its best and will be a real benefit to the local community who will be able to enjoy all the new facilities in one place.”

Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council Councillor Alex Dale said:

“Having the library inside Killamarsh Active is a very positive move and will add to the many benefits which will be on offer when it reopens.

“We are confident Killamarsh Active will attract people of all ages and interests from the local community and further afield and quickly become a huge asset to the area as a whole.”

The official date for the reopening of Killamarsh Active will be announced by North East Derbyshire District Council.