A NEW library opened its doors in Southam this week.
The long-awaited facility has been built on Tithe Place – the same location as the former library – as part of a £12.4million project which also includes 75 retirement apartments and a neighbourhood police office.
Warwickshire County Council made an arrangement with Orbit Homes whereby the land could be developed in exchange for the new library being provided as part of the development.
Southam county councillor John Appleton said: “We are pleased that the library’s site is now accommodating so many services for local people.
“The library itself will offer more computers and a much more versatile space inside for adults and children, reading groups and many others who would like to use it.
“Southam’s new library will be a much valued community asset. We would also like to thank county council staff for their work through the disruption, maintaining the library service.”
County library spokeswoman Kam Kaur was pleased to see the new library up and running.
She said: “The new library will be a superb resource, right at the heart of the community where it should be.”
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/libraries for online library services.