Library celebrates 40 years

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Girvan’s Library is celebrating 40 years in the town this week, having opened its doors on June 7th 1976.

On Tuesday this week library staff were joined by former staff including former managers Margaret Bentley and Marion Love and South Ayrshire Council Libraries and Museums Coordinator Jean Inniss.

An exhibition featuring photographs of the town from the 1970s and a copy of the Carrick Gazette from the day the library opened will be open to the public over the summer.

The library first opened in what is now the McKechnie Institute building before moving to its present location in Montgomery Street.

Manager Mary Stewart has worked in the library for the past 26 years, starting off working on a casual basis before working part-time and then full-time.

Mary said: “There’s a tremendous amount of things available at libraries these days.

“As well as books there are eBooks, audio books, DVDs and there is a fabulous collection of items to borrow online.

“There are also computers available for public access for people perhaps looing for jobs, typing CVs or even just visitors to the town who need to get online.”