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A Look Inside Dorchester's New Library and Adult Learning Centre


7:40am 10th July 2013

Wessex-FM has had a tour of Dorset's first new library in more than a decade.

The high-tech facility, behind Dorchester's new Council Offices on South Walks, is spread across 3 floors boasting improved areas for children and young people. It's a multi purpose facility that doubles up as an adult learning centre.

It replaces the current adult learning hub in Prince of Wales Road, and the old library at Colliton Park.

The inside is decked out with colourful furniture to compliment it's lively paintjob, plus a cool breeze throughout thanks to the air conditioning system.

With 20% more shelf space there's room for plenty of new books as well, plus there's free WiFi and public access computers.

Library Service Manager Tracey Long helped set the place up; "We have lots more space and loads more stock to offer our readers, plus all new facilities and computers. But we also have more study space and WiFi provisions. We want people to just come along and enjoy the space."

Inside the Adult Learning Centre, families can attend classes where both parent and child can learn new skills.

Marion Pymer is in charge of the Adult Learning side of things and told Wessex FM it's a great place to learn; "We work very closely with our colleagues in children's services and local schools. We run classes for kids on how to do their homework and such things. Working closely with our library colleagues helps us maximise any opportunity with family activities in the library. It helps the whole family improve their pleasure in learning."

Cllr Peter Finney, the council's cabinet member for community services, said:: "I am delighted work on fitting out the new library and adult learning centre is now in the final stages.  It will provide the town and its surrounding area with better, more accessible facilities, offering benefits to people of all ages and interests."

The county council will be terminating its lease on the current adult learning centre in Prince of Wales Road, and the old library at Colliton Park will be converted into office space.

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