The new Eye library is now open and opened its doors for the first time on Thursday 24th January.
The new library in Cross Street was being built during 2018 and was handed over to Suffolk Libraries just before Christmas. The old library closed on Sunday 13th January and there was a temporary closure whilst Suffolk Libraries staff moved and set up everything at the new library ready for the 24th.
The plans for the project were agreed by Suffolk County Council in March 2018, with the new building being funded by the sale of the current site where the library has been for around 40 years. The old building was never designed to be permanent and the new library will provide a modern and purpose-built library for the residents of Eye and surrounding areas to enjoy.
The building was designed and overseen by Concertus Design & Property Consultants Ltd and constructed by building firm RG Carter. The building is now completely finished and Suffolk Libraries are focusing on fitting out the interior and moving all the stock and equipment from the old library.
Tony Brown said: “It’s been a great team effort with Suffolk County Council, Concertus and RG Carter working together with Suffolk Libraries to deliver a modern library facility that will provide a better library environment and experience for everyone in the local community.”
Katherine Williams, Architectural Designer at Concertus Design & Property Consultants Ltd Said “We are delighted to have been part of this rare opportunity, collaborating with Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Libraries, to provide a brand-new library facility for Eye.
The use of colour showcases a modern, vibrant facility to form a focal point for Eye, rejuvenating Cross Street by making use of a site occupied by an unattractive, dilapidated office building. The vaulted ceiling in the internal library area, creates a light and inviting space which offers itself to becoming flexible as a resource centre to the benefit of Eye and the wider community.”
The new library has wheeled shelving which can be moved aside to create more space for events and activities and will also offer accessible toilet facilities and an interactive information screen and a hireable meeting room.