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Temporary library opens as refurbishment continues

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

By Anne Byrne

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EXETER'S temporary library is ready for its big opening.

Housed in what was most recently the Register Office and the Westcountry Studies Library, some £120,000 has been spent getting the building ready for bookworms.

Walls and doors have been removed to make the building fit for purpose, and it has all been accomplished in just six weeks.

It will open at 9am on Monday, December 3, and will be the city's main library while Exeter Central undergoes a year long £4.1m refurbishment.

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There are three main areas in the temporary library and Devon's library service has done its best to ensure that the most popular items from Central Library have been transferred and made available.

The main entrance is that of the old City Library on the corner of Castle Street, although a separate entrance with easier access through a small courtyard has been provided for parents with buggies and those with wheelchairs.

On the ground floor is adult fiction, DVDs and CDs and also a children's section which is actually larger than the space currently available for youngsters' books in Central Library.

Upstairs there is the non-fiction section complete with a reading area for newspapers and periodicals.

And the Hoskins Room, which can cater for some 60 people, is available for group hire, and already has bookings.

Self-service counters are available in the entrance and throughout. There are also ample numbers of PCs and printers for public use.

Exeter Central Library is the busiest in Devon, visited by 500,000 people each year, and Matt Stone, the project manager for the temporary library and the refit believes people will still feel the library in central Exeter is very much worth visiting.

The library will open from 9am each day and the usual children's activities will continue.

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