Kingston Library officially opened by Milton Keynes Mayor

Mayor of MK Derek Eastman, Councillor Vanessa McPake, Councillor Liz Gifford, Councillor David Hopkins, Councillor Jenni Ferrans and Paul Sanders assistant director of Community.
Mayor of MK Derek Eastman, Councillor Vanessa McPake, Councillor Liz Gifford, Councillor David Hopkins, Councillor Jenni Ferrans and Paul Sanders assistant director of Community.

The relocated Kingston Library officially opened its doors today.

The new building boasts modern facilities, the first of their kind in Milton Keynes, such as a self-service checking out system, unlimited Wi-Fi and sockets for customers to use their own laptops and tablets in the library space.

The library will have a community focus, hosting an extensive activity programme including children’s hour, story time, play activities, screenings and music.

Meeting space will also be available for community groups to hire. The library’s top floor is home to Explore Learning, which provides an income to the library by renting the space.

Liz Gifford, Cabinet Member for Community Services said: “I’m really pleased to see this new community facility opened. Current budget difficulties facing the council mean we need to change the way libraries operate.

“Having a facility like this that is community and commercially focused will help that process. 
“It is a great model to help us find ways to continue a great library service across the borough.”

The new building is located on the former site of the Kingston Tavern, close to Tesco and new parade of restaurants.

It replaces the former library at the back of the Kingston Centre which was no longer fit for purpose.