It was smiles all round as Wolverhampton’s newest library was officially opened this week.
The new Wednesfield Library was unveiled by Wolverhampton’s Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Gwinnett, who praised library staff for the welcoming atmosphere at the â€˜strikingâ€™ building.
Staff were joined by members of the public, local businesspeople and religious leaders as well as the projectâ€™s architects, builders and representatives from the Big Lottery Fund as the ribbon was cut.
The eye-catching library, on the corner of Well Lane and Rookery Street, cost Â£2.2million to build and was funded jointly by Wolverhampton City Council and the Big Lottery Fundâ€™s Community Library Fund.
Branch librarian Carol Howarth said: “We are so excited to have officially opened to the public. The building is fantastic and welcoming and weâ€™ve had so many people say how much they like the new library.
“It is not only bigger, giving us more space for activities for children, but also has an increased number of PCs for people to use, free of charge. We are very pleased to be so busy in our new home, which is right in the heart of the community of Wednesfield.â€
Construction Director Phil Walker from G F Tomlinson added, â€œWe are delighted to have worked with Wolverhampton City Council once again. G F Tomlinson has built a library and community facilities that I am sure will provide an excellent learning and education source as well as an area focal point for the local community for many years to come.
“We are happy to be able to use our extensive expertise on this truly iconic project.â€
The new library is open from Monday to Saturday with late night opening until 7pm on Mondays and Thursdays. For more information, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/libraries or call the library on 01902 556278.
Photo courtesy of Wolverhampton City Council.