New-look Carnegie Library re-opens to readers

Celebrating the new look with a few customers.
Celebrating the new look with a few customers.

Book fans in South Ayrshire can browse at their leisure at a new and improved Carnegie Library in Ayr after improvement works worth around £15,000.

The council’s flagship library was closed for four days last week to allow the refurbishment to take place, but it has now re-opened its doors to library members.

The four day closure provided an opportunity for the reorganisation of the internal layout of the library to ensure Carnegie continues to deliver a first-class, modern library and information service that meets the changing needs of its customers.

The improvements include more flexibility and space within the children’s section to accommodate the increasing numbers coming along to Book Bug and Rhyme Time sessions; a new young adults section, an additional issue and return desk at the Garden Street entrance - which is being used more and more by customers because of its accessibility; new shelving units and better signage to ensure readers can browse and find the books they want quickly and easily; and an improved online reference resource replacing the limited availability of printed resources and to reflect changing patterns in use.

Carnegie Library’s services continue to be popular with the public with the number of books being issued to 10 to 14 year olds up 15 percent, to young adults up 60 percent, to childminders up 21 percent and to teachers up 12 percent.

After officially re-opening the library following the improvements Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder, said Ayr can now boast a more user-friendly library. “Our library service is recognised as being one of the most forward thinking and groundbreaking in Scotland,” he said.

“We are innovative and embrace modern technology to ensure we provide diverse services for everyone in our communities. By continually modernising and improving our library services to meet the needs of our customers, whether they are babies, toddlers, teenagers, students or older people we ensure the service is fit for purpose.

“Before making any changes at Carnegie we consulted with Library Services Scotland, listened to the mums and dads who bring their children to Bookbug sessions, talked to young adults to see what would encourage them to use our services more and looked at what would make access to our facilities easier. Only after we had considered all their views did we go ahead with the changes.”

He added: “Whether you visit the library to select books, use the computers, attend the Bookbug sessions, listen to a talk from a visiting author, select an audio book, or use the reference facilities there really is something for everyone. For the visually impaired we provide large print books, audio equipment and computer facilities to enable them to make full use of our facilities.”

Library users have been very enthusiastic about the changes, commenting on new features including the new seating in the lending area and the separate areas for fiction and non-fiction, as well as the more spacious and organised feel that the new layout affords, and the brighter and more welcoming atmosphere.

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