#JoinTheConversation on the future of the library at Crown Street

#JoinTheConversation on the future of the library at Crown Street
10 January 2019

How do you think Darlington’s main library at Crown Street should look in the future?

That’s one of the questions being asked between now and 15 March as Darlington Borough Council asks for the public’s views on the future of the library service.

Last year, councillors decided to keep the main library service at Crown Street and invest £2m in improvements and repairs.

Detailed plans have not yet been developed for how the library will look after its refurbishment.

Now, the council wants to hear how current library users – and those who may visit in the future – would like to see the library look.

Visitors to events and groups at both Crown Street and Cockerton libraries will have a chance to share their views.

There will also be the chance to have a say at special events at the Cornmill Shopping Centre, Dolphin Centre and the Indoor Market.

Views will be collected at a magic-themed event at both the Dolphin Centre and Cornmill on Tuesday 19 February from 11am-1pm at the Cornmill and 1.15-3pm at the Dolphin Centre

A science-themed event will be held at the Indoor Market on Thursday 21 February from 11am-1pm

Councillor Nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet member for leisure and local environment, said: “The main library staying at Crown Street is great news for the town centre and the service.

“We need to think about not just the next few years, but also the next 20 or 30 years and how we can really revitalise the library and celebrate this historic building.

“With that in mind, we want to hear the views of as many people as possible about how they think the library should look.

“We don’t have detailed plans in place yet, nothing is set in stone. So, between now and the 15th of March we are having a conversation – rather than a consultation – to listen to your views.

“This will help with the development of those detailed plans for how the library will look in the future.

“We will be joined by members of the Friends of Darlington Libraries, who will be helping get the views of as many people as possible so we can make the most of the fantastic resource we have got in Crown Street.

“I’m really looking forward to hearing what people have got to say. Don’t miss out on a chance to share your views!”

For more information – including full details of the planned events – visit www.darlington.gov.uk/conversation