DUNS and Coldstream are setting an example to the rest of the Borders after their new Library Contact Centres became the first in the region to be opened last week.
The centres are part of Scottish Borders Council’s plans to integrate some of its library and customer contact centres to provide a wide range of services under one roof.
Councillor Vicky Davidson, SBC’s Executive Member for Culture, Sport, Youth and Communities cut the ribbon at Duns last Tuesday while Coldstream Library Contact Centre celebrated with a family fun afternoon a day earlier.
Author/Illustrator Aileen Paterson, who is known for her ‘Maisie’ series of children’s books provided some afternoon entertainment at Duns by doing some readings and illustrations for local children.
Councillor Davidson, welcomed the new centres, commenting: “The refurbishment to Duns Library has added a children’s area and enhanced the library space and while it is clearly an attractive and inviting library it now also has a dual purpose desk where a range of other council services and advice are available.
“Already more local residents have signed up as library members. Similar improvements have also taken place in Coldstream Library and I’m pleased we have been able to carry out both refurbishments with the minimum inconvenience to library users.
“Both libraries now have a new lease of life and I’m delighted we have been able to show our commitment to fostering a love of reading and keeping libraries in the heart of these communities.”
Councillor Michael Cook, Executive Member for Corporate Improvement added: “These are the first of five centres which are scheduled to be up and running in the coming months.
“These services are designed with the customer in mind, so I would encourage local people to go along to their new centres to see what’s on offer.
Visitors to Duns Library Contact Centre can take part in a questionnaire, a name being drawn on March 5 to determine the winner of a new Blackberry.