FAIRFIELD Library is set to extend its opening hours following the completion of a new childcare facility based in the same building.
The Barn Nursery will open for business this Monday (June 18), which will see the library increase its opening hours from three to five days a week.
Fairfield Library will now open from Monday to Friday from 10am until 5pm (closed 1pm until 2pm for lunch).
Although a library review raised doubts about its future, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council agreed it could be retained by bringing in a private nursery provider to share the building.
And following a refurbishment, the new-look branch opened in February this year.
Councillor Norma Wilburn, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “We were pleased to find this innovative way of keeping Fairfield Library open and have already seen a similar combination of services working well at other sites.
“We understand the value of our libraries to residents which is why, despite huge reductions in the funding we receive from Government, we have invested in several libraries across the Borough, including Billingham, Stockton, Thornaby and Yarm.
“We are delighted that we are now in a position to extend the opening hours of the new-look Fairfield Library.”
To see a full list of libraries across Stockton-on-Tees visit www.stockton.gov.uk/libraries