24 February 2015

Customers will be able to explore the new Towcester library when it opens its doors for the first time on Thursday 9th April.

The new library will be based at The Forum in Moat Lane, where South Northamptonshire Council is building its new headquarters.

New stock

The current library in Richmond Road will close on Monday 16th March, when staff and volunteers will begin moving stock – including 15,000 new books – into the new building.

To celebrate the opening of the new building, members of the community will be invited to take part in a ‘human chain’ to pass the very last book to be moved from the old library to the new site on Saturday 11th April.

Any items borrowed from the current library after Monday 23rd February will not be due back to the new building until Monday 13th April and there is no need to renew.

Adult learning and registrations

Registration services and adult learning classes in Towcester will also be relocated to The Forum. Towcester register office will close on Tuesday 7th April and reopen in the new venue on Thursday 9th April.

Cllr Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for the customers and staff at Towcester library as we prepare to move into our fantastic new facility.

“The Forum will bring together key public services to create an excellent community hub for local people and rejuvenate this part of the town centre.

“We’ve worked closely with South Northamptonshire District Council on this project and it is a great example of how partnership working can bring real benefits for the community as a whole.”

There are no plans yet for the future of the current library building, though the council is exploring ways to ensure it remains available for community use.