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Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees opens Yarm's new library

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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The new look Yarm Library was officially opened by the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees yesterday (25 October).

The Mayor, Councillor Ken Dixon, cut the ribbon at a ceremony to celebrate the library’s revamped look following a full refurbishment.

The library on Yarm High Street has been transformed as part of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s investment programme to update and improve town centre branches. It has been refreshed with stylish furniture, shelving and self-service facilities, and has undergone improvements to the children’s section, outdoor garden area and disabled access.

It also houses a new branch of Newcastle Building Society.

The Mayor said: “It was an honour to be part of the day and officially open the new look Yarm Library.

“It is fantastic to see the new range of services available to residents and the modern, refurbished interior. Libraries are central to our local communities and I am sure the upgraded Yarm branch will continue to be very much loved by local residents.”

Councillor Norma Wilburn, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, added: “We are delighted that Yarm Library has been officially opened. There is so much on offer in our libraries and the modern, new branch in Yarm has been transformed into a place where people can not only borrow books, but also get information, use the self-serve facilities available and enjoy special events.

“Our ground-breaking partnership with Newcastle Building Society offers a range of financial services to local people, providing another reason to visit the library.”

Chief Executive of Newcastle Building Society, Andrew Haigh, said: “Working with the team at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has been a great experience and helped us focus on what is really important about a local building society branch – essentially it’s all about people and the vital relationships that connect customers, colleagues, and the local community.”

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