Breightmet Library celebrated its first year since moving to its new location last week with a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton.
Volunteers, regular users and staff joined the dignitaries, Councillors John and Linda Byrne, for a slice of birthday cake and a celebration of all the venue’s successes over the last 12 months.
The library was relocated from Breightmet Drive to the Breightmet Health Centre in September 2009 after a successful £1.1m Big Lottery Fund grant was awarded to build the new library facility.
Also attending was a health centre user, Barry Whittle, who is a painter and has sold some of his works to raise money to buy self-help medical books. NHS Bolton have also part funded this collection and have chosen books on subjects most in demand, and have given them to the library for anyone to borrow.
Since moving location the library has seen a huge increase in visitors. While the old building averaged less than 2,500 visitors per month, more than 4,600 came through the doors throughout August of this year.
By sharing a base with the health centre, the library has been able to build good links with NHS Bolton, Age Concern Bolton, Bolton College and many other organisations.
Councillor Elaine Sherrington, Executive Member for Adult and Community Services, said: “The new library is right in the heart of the Breightmet community, making it more easily accessible to all residents.
“Since the move, the partnership between the library, NHS Bolton and volunteer organisations has proved really effective and all everyone involved should be very proud of themselves.”
The library offers a range of information and activities, including: finding out about hobbies; using it for work or homework; borrowing the latest best selling books; browsing the internet; and volunteering opportunities.
The library also works with Bolton College and Age Concern Bolton to host classes and events such as Spanish language classes, computer classes, card making and many others.