Library set for move into new £3m centre

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A new customer centre in North Shields is set for its official opening later this month.

North Tyneside Council has spent more than £3m transforming the old library in Northumberland Square into the state-of-the-art Customer First Centre – which includes a new library and the council’s customer services.

The centre is due to open on Monday, June 24, with staff preparing for the move by closing the current library in Howard Street last Saturday.

During the two weeks until the new centre opens, the Plus Bus Mobile Library will be parked at the junction of Howard Street and Saville Street from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

The council’s Customer Services and Housing Advice teams will be closing their office doors in Howard Street on Friday, June 21, ahead of their move to the new centre.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “This new centre will be a great asset.

“It has transformed the old library building and brings together a wide range of services under one roof.

“There will be a new library with new stock, comfortable modern furniture and great design. I can’t wait for it to open.”