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Arts Council England funding support for library work

Arts Council England funding support for library work
20 March 2023

Work is well under way on our ambitious plans to future proof and modernise Darlington's main library at Crown Street.

Once the work is complete, it will offer an improved customer experience, encourage a greater diversity of users and provide an exciting space where we can deliver a modern, refreshed range of services further securing the future and sustainability of the library.

We have now secured £225,000 of funding from Arts Council England, which will substantially improve our digital offer, allowing us to purchase exciting and innovative equipment to provide our customers with a vibrant and aspirational place to learn and explore.

Councillor Andy Keir, deputy leader and cabinet member for local services, said: “This is fantastic news and we are immensely grateful to Arts Council England for this support.

“The funding will allow us to offer a much-improved digital offer and help transform key areas within the library. Alongside our engagement-led approach, we believe the refurbishment supported by Arts Council England, will entice new audiences and be hugely welcomed by our valued, existing library users.

“We can’t wait for them to see the new look library which will safeguard it’s wonderful heritage while making it fit for the 21st Century.”

The Crown Street branch is currently inaccessible to the public while work progresses, but a Select and Collect service is available at the Dolphin Centre and the Cockerton branch library remains open as normal and books can also be collected and returned here.

Library users are reminded that books can be renewed online, by downloading the library app or by calling 01325 349610.  There is also a free home delivery service for borrowers aged 60 and over, as well as a free select and collect service for all users.

To find out more about the fantastic range of resources at the library and for details of events/activities log onto the website at or download the Darlington Library App. You can also find them on Facebook @DarlingtonLibraries or on Twitter @DarlLibs. There is also a special blog on the website providing updates as work continues.

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