Rhuddlan Library and One Stop Shop is reaching a special milestone in its history, with an official opening following a major refurbishment marking the start of a brand new chapter.
The brand new facilities provide a community hub, offering a single point of access for a number of Council services and a location for the community to use for events and activities.
The refurbished building includes a new computer suite for people to request or report council services online, a cash payment kiosk, a facility for people to return books, new meeting rooms with modern I.T facilities and a private consultation room for one to one discussions.
The children’s area has been completely modernised and this will be supplemented by a new youth/ teens area. The building will also provide a dedicated community area for exhibitions, new customer toilets and wi-fi. Partner projects and agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau and North Wales Police can also host surgeries there.
An official opening is being held at the Library on Wednesday, 1 March to celebrate the completed works. The opening will be carried out by the Chair of Denbighshire, Councillor Ann Davies and will include a harp performance by Morwen Blythin, Glenda Began reading her own and her mother’s poetry and Catrin Mai Huw reading Welsh poetry and prose. Groups including The Rhyl Women’s Centre, Rhuddlan Historical Society, The French Class, Llandrillo College and Citizens Advice Bureau will also be exhibiting what they do at the library.
Councillor Hugh Irving, Cabinet Lead Member for Communities, said: “We are delighted with the brand new facilities at Rhuddlan Library and One Stop Shop and would like to thank residents for their co-operation and patience during the refurbishment works and the temporary relocation of the facilities.
“The Council recognises the value of libraries and one stop shops to the community and that is why we are continuing with a programme of investment county-wide and responding to the needs of the community.
“What we have created is a modern facility where people can access a lot more than just books. Customers can access a wide range of council services in one location see, carry out their transactions and also use the facilities as a community hub, a place for community based events and meetings.
“We sincerely hope that our customers are enjoying the new facilities and look forward to welcoming more people through our doors as the library and one stop shop continues to develop as a community hub”.