Nottingham

Mansfield Library opens after £3.4m investment

Mansfield Library has reopened after £3.4m of investment from Nottinghamshire County Council.

The refurbishment to the facility on West Gate included essential repairs to the building which has made it the biggest library in Nottinghamshire.

The authority said it was committed to keeping all of its 60 libraries open.

In 2011 the council reduced the opening hours of some of its smaller libraries and cut its budget for new library books by 36% in two years.

'Heart of community'

Mansfield Library has a new children's area, more computers, a dedicated space for research and a larger local history section.

It has been renovated as part of the council's 10-year strategy to make the county's libraries centres of learning and discovery for our communities, the authority said.

Councillor John Cottee, cabinet member for culture and community, said: "They are the hearts of our communities.

"You only need to look at the different ages of people using the library in Mansfield and see the different things we have on offer."

The council has invested more than £8m in Worksop Library in 2011 and has begun a full £5.3m rebuild of West Bridgford Library.

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