Plans unveiled for New state-of-the-art library for Stafford

Cllr Ben Adams Cabinet Member for Skills and Learning with Steve Burnham, Principle Property Surveyor (Entrust) and Garry Jones, Site Manager, Novus building Solutions Limited
Cllr Ben Adams Cabinet Member for Skills and Learning with Steve Burnham, Principle Property Surveyor (Entrust) and Garry Jones, Site Manager, Novus building Solutions Limited

People in Stafford Borough can look forward to a brand new modern library bringing with it innovation, information, culture and learning resources to the town.

The new library, based at Staffordshire Place 1 in Tipping Street will not only offer access to books and resources for members of the public, but a range of modern facilities for businesses, community groups, schools and colleges.

Offering the latest in technology the library will be more accessible, with a more flexible space and will continue to give access to over one million books and over three thousand e-books as well as computers and free Wi-Fi. New digitable touch tables will also give people easier access to online archives, photographs and other materials.

A new Innovation Suite will provide access to 3D printing, helping people and businesses to design and develop new products and prototypes, while Raspberry Pi’s will be available to help children and young people learn coding and other computer science skills needed for the jobs of the future.

Cllr Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills at Staffordshire County Council explained that Technology had really transformed how people read, accessed information and what they wanted from their library. Ben said:

“The new library will be a good example of how libraries can be revitalised to be at the centre of people’s lives now and in the future, whether they want to live, work or socialise. The new Innovation Suite, with the latest technologies will be a vibrant and attractive space for local businesses, community groups, schools and individuals to explore, learn and be inspired.

Supporting children and parents to access education, information and reading also continues to be our priority and the new space and facilities will help motivate and inspire young people, while developing their skills in technology, engineering and science.”

Organisations will be able to offer adult learning courses and support local artists and the new Children and Teen’s area will provide space and facilities for young people to learn, meet and explore.

The new facility is an example of how libraries can be used flexibly to meet the changing needs of local communities, whilst ensuring continued access to books and learning from the wider libraries network.

Ben added:

“The new library will also complement the exciting redevelopment in the town centre, while supporting local businesses, promoting skills and learning and helping to grow the local economy.”

The library is expected to be opened in September and people can get the latest updates on progress and opening announcements at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/staffordlibrary.