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New Daventry library officially opened by MP

Daventry Library was officially opened by Northampton North MP Michael Ellis Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new library has been officially opened in Daventry by the MP for Northampton North Michael Ellis.

Daventry library moved from its previous location in the former Grammer School to the new refurbished Abbey Centre and opened to the public on the 13th May.

It's been designed to be used as a community hub for all ages with a new children's area.

It comes as councils across the region look at closing libraries to make budget savings.

The new library will be used as a community hub. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's not often we have the chance to relocate a library and a have a whole new fit out and I'm absolutely delighted with the results, it's been a joint initiative between Northamptonshire County Council and Daventry District Council and we've achieved this together so that Daventry can now redevelop the old library site and we get a new library."

– Ann Lovely, Strategic Manager, Northamptonshire Libraries Service
The library is designed to be flexible for use by all age groups. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“It has been a pleasure working with in partnership with Daventry District Council to deliver such a valuable and attractive resource to the residents of Daventry and the surrounding area. Located within a community hub and designed and built with so many different users in mind, the new library is a fantastic resource, truly equipped to support residents from cradle to grave. It’s never too early to be a library member.”

– Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Cllr Matthew Golby
The library has a special children's area. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The library is also “dementia friendly” and has been developed with this in mind, creating an environment that is welcoming and accessible to customers with dementia. A separate computer and learning centre also provides space for quiet study.

The new children’s area is already popular, with bright colours, chalk boards, little den areas and a comfy sofa. There is also the added bonus of a safe outside space, with a large canopy, meaning it will be accessible in all weathers.