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Dorchester Library Marks Official Opening

Dorchester Library

7:52am 20th February 2014
(Updated 3:36pm 20th February 2014)

Dorchester's new Library is celebrating it's official opening today (Thursday 20th February).

To mark the occasion, Dorset's Minette Walters, England's best selling female crime author unveiled a plaque.

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The library is now offering a regular programme of activities for children under 5, a reading group for 6 -12 year olds and a weekly drop in activity session for young people, and there has been an increase of nearly 30 per cent in lending of books and other items to children and young people.

For learners, 50 courses have been provided from the new centre with over 350 people signing up, an increase of over 50 per cent on the old learning centre.

Cllr Peter Finney, the county council's Cabinet member for community services, said:  "We are very pleased that the new library and learning centre is so popular with Dorchester residents and the surrounding areas.

"The investment has given us a fantastic, spacious, welcoming and user-friendly facility and it is proving to be a community hub, somewhere locals and visitors alike make use of, whether it's for books, free use of computers or to learn something new.

"We look forward to welcoming library members and local people to the official opening ceremony."

The county council has terminated its lease on the adult learning centre in Prince of Wales Road, and the old library at Colliton Park will be converted into office space, helping the council to reduce its overall number of buildings

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