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Stroud Library starts a new chapter

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Stroud Library welcomed more than 3,500 visitors to the new £6.5m facility at the Five Valleys Shopping Centre last week.

The bumper attendance marked a successful first week after the library moved from its former home in Lansdown.

In the lead up to the decision being made to relocate the library, more than 500 people took part in a survey asking for people’s views on the proposal, with 70% agreeing or strongly agreeing to the move.

Take a tour of the new Stroud Library in our video below

All Code Clubs, Storytimes and Baby Bounce and Rhyme classes have relocated to the new building with better accessibility and parking provision.

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Jack and Niamh McQuail working in the library.

The new library offers access to a range of resources through the Library Lab which will include micro computing kits, 3D printers, scanners and software, Virtual Reality sets and a laser cutter. Library visitors also have access to computers, printing and scanning facilities and free Wi-Fi.

GCC says it is moved the library from its old location in Lansdown to a ‘more central and accessible site, designed to meet the needs of people who use it.’

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Finley Billing and Jessie Marcham in the new library.

Managing Director for Dransfield Properties, James Shepherd, said: “It’s a major milestone in our regeneration work in Stroud to see this key building on King Street complete and the last of our tenants fitting out and very soon taking occupancy.

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Manager Lucy Yarham in the new library.

“As well as providing a stunning piece of architecture for the town the building has allowed for the consolidation and expansion of a number of public services that are now more accessible to the community.”

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