New chapter for Tarbert Library

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Published Date: 

24 Feb 2015 - 13:53

Tarbert Library is on the move – to a more central location on Harbour Street with more space to develop an even greater range of services for the community.

The library will have a completely new layout, bright furnishings, comfortable seating, a meeting room for private study and classes, colourful children’s area and free Wi-Fi. 

The library will continue to offer the popular Bookbug sessions for children and author visits but will have the potential to offer much more in the way of events and activities for young and old in the future. 

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Community and Culture, Councillor Robin Currie, who is also a local member, said, “The number of people visiting libraries in Argyll and Bute increased by 10% last year which pays tribute to the many and varied services now being provided. Libraries are becoming the focus for our communities to access a diverse range of services, information and learning opportunities.

“The council is working to maximise education, skills and training opportunities for all and our libraries are proving to be an accessible, welcoming and comfortable environment where people can pursue their interests.”

Several sites were considered before the Harbour Street location was chosen. The building provides more space with greater potential for developing services as well as providing core services including national and local newspapers, information, training courses, exhibitions and use of computers with free internet access and Wi-Fi – and of course books, audio books and an increasingly popular ebook service.

Refurbishment work in the new library building is currently underway and once completed will provide a greatly improved community facility. Plans are on display in the window of the current library premises on Barmore Road.

Library opening hours will remain the same as present which are Tuesdays 2-5.30pm and 6-8pm and Thursdays 10am-12pm and 12.30-5pm. 

Existing library will be closed on Tuesday 3 and Thursday 5 March and reopen in the new premises on Tuesday 10 March