Turn up for the books! Human chain to open new library

Robin Brown (left) and Peter Rawlinson tightening the final two bolts on the roof girders of The Forum
Robin Brown (left) and Peter Rawlinson tightening the final two bolts on the roof girders of The Forum
  • Human chain will transfer the final book from the old library
  • Towcester’s new library at The Forum opens on April 9
  • Call for volunteers to help move stock and work at the facility

A human chain will transport the last book from a town’s old library to its new home in a £11 million hub.

Towcester Library is moving home from Richmond Road to The Forum in Moat Lane and taking on 15,000 new books.

But the final book will be passed down a human chain and on to its new shelf as part of the opening ceremony on April 11.

Staff and volunteers will soon begin moving stock from the old library when it shuts its doors on March 16.

And book lovers have been given longer to enjoy their stories because items borrowed after February 23 are not be due back to the new building until April 13 and there is no need to renew.

There are no plans yet for the future of the current library building but Northants County Council is keen to make sure it remains available for community use.

This is an incredibly exciting time for the customers and staff at Towcester Library

Robin Brown

The Forum will also be home to new South Northants Council offices, adult learning classes, a registrar and exhibitions.

Robin Brown, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for the customers and staff at Towcester library as we prepare to move into our fantastic new facility.

“The Forum will bring together key public services to create an excellent community hub for local people and rejuvenate this part of the town centre.

“There is also a great range of volunteer roles on offer for people who would like to give their time more regularly, from greeting customers as they arrive at the library to spreading the word about what’s happening at Towcester library.”

The new library opens on April 9 and volunteers are being asked to help move the stock and work at the facility.

For more information about volunteering opportunities at Towcester library, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/getinvolvedhub