Library back in business at Langney

Langney library at Langney Shopping Centre Eastbourne. August 14th 2013 E33099P
Langney library at Langney Shopping Centre Eastbourne. August 14th 2013 E33099P

Normal service has resumed at Langney Library after a collapsed roof meant the shopping centre had to close.

The damage occurred to the centre, which was home to the library, shortly before Christmas but doors reopened this week after repair work and safety checks were completed.

Cllr Chris Dowling, the county council’s lead member for community services, said, “This is the news we have been waiting for.

“Library staff have worked very hard to ensure that as little disruption as possible was caused to the service over the past seven months and St Barnabas Church which has given us great support in allowing us to use a small space to do this, but there is nothing better than having a permanent home.”

Staff worked around the clock last week to ensure the shelves were stacked and everything was in its place in time for the reopening on Tuesday (August 13).

Cllr Dowling added, “The reopening gives residents the perfect opportunity to pay us a visit and take a look at the wide range of services available at their local library.”

As well as books, visitors to Langney Library can take out audiobooks and DVDs, access the internet for free and apply for bus passes, bus travel discounts and carers discount cards or make an enquiry.

Children aged four to 11 can get going on the Summer Reading Challenge.

The scheme takes place throughout the school holidays and organisers say there is still plenty of time to join.

Participating children will read six books over the summer holidays and win prizes such as wristbands, stickers and medals.

The library is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9.30am to 5pm and on Fridays from 9.30am to 2pm.